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Swede set to stay?

Filed: Tuesday, 16th September 2003
By: Graeme Howlett

Swedish on-loan midfielder Niclas Alexandersson has told reporters that he is ready to sign for West Ham on a full-time basis on the proviso that the new manager - whoever that may be - wants to keep him at the club.

31-year-old Alexandersson made an impressive start to his Hammers career as a second half substitute in the 1-0 win against Reading at the Boleyn on Saturday, and almost marked his debut with a goal from virtually his first touch before being thwarted by Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

He came to West Ham on a initial month's loan last week after being told that he was not considered part of Everton boss David Moyes' long term plans.

Speaking to reporters earlier, the winger said:

"If things go well at West Ham I would like to stay because it does not look like I have a future at Everton under David Moyes.

"If things turn out well my stay could well be extended - but first of all we have to see how things go and whether the club is happy and I am happy.

"If that is the case I don't see why it cannot be any longer, but we will see and take it a month at a time."

Should Everton allow the tricky winner to leave Goodison they are unlikely to demand a fee for a player they paid Sheffield Wednesday £2m for three years ago.

And naturally that would fit comfortably into the Hammers budget ...

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