Ashton eyes early return
West Ham striker Dean Ashton is confident he will be able to play a full part in pre-season training. The 25-year-old has been blighted by injuries throughout his career and admits it does sometimes feel as though he is cursed. He missed the majority of the 2008/9 campaign with an ankle problem but is staying upbeat about his chances of returning to fitness. Ashton insists he will not take risks by rushing back too quickly, but he believes he should be ready for the start of the new season. "I'm looking to get myself back for pre-season now," he told the Daily Star Sunday. "I don't want to come back unless I'm right. Sometimes it almost seems as if there's something against me." Meanwhile, West Ham have been linked with a summer move for Rennes full-back Rod Fanni. Agent Dominique Six claims the Hammers are interested but have yet to lodge an official bid with Rennes for the France international. The highly-rated 27-year-old has also been connected with Everton, as well as several clubs across Europe. "It's true that we have spoken to West Ham scout Roger Cross, who has asked for information on Rod," said Six in the Daily Star on Sunday "We have had no offers for Rod and West Ham would need to speak to Rennes if they want to do that. "We believe England would be a good option for Rod but it depends on Rennes. There's also interest from Bayern Munich and Spanish clubs."
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