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Clarke's a Hammer

Filed: Monday, 15th September 2008
By: Staff Writer

Chelsea have agreed to let Steve Clarke join West Ham after the two clubs agreed a compensation package, according to reports.

The Sun are reporting that the two clubs have agreen a deal worth around 1.5million that will enable the coach - currently on gardening leave - to join former team mate Gianfranco Zola at United.

Chelsea had initially rejected Clarke's resignation claiming that he had been 'tapped up' by the Hammers. The basis for their stance was an interview given by 'transfer consultant' Kia Joorabchian last week in which he claimed Clarke was set to join Zola at Upton Park, despite still being under contract at Stamford Bridge.

In a somewhat surprising move Chelsea's Frank Lampard, so often the target of Hammers fans' abuse following comments made about his former club in the past backed the move, stating:

"Clarkey has been an unbelievable servant for Chelsea for many years as a player and as a coach. He has been an important member of the back-room staff for what we've done over the last few years.

"But if he feels he wants to go and do something different - I know he has intentions to be a manager in his own right - you can only wish him all the best."

Meanwhile, Gianfranco Zola - to whom Clarke was recommended by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - took his first training session with his new players at Chadwell Heath this morning.

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by Chris
03:13PM 15th Sep 2008
''Tapping up? One owner richer than Roman comes in and now everyone's 'tapping up' Chelsea players and...staff?''

by Bloody Limey
03:08PM 15th Sep 2008
''Good news although I heard the figure for compensation is 1.2 milion, the cost of Clarke's remaining Contract.

Still, I believe it's a sound investment.''

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