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Bruce in for Neill?

Filed: Wednesday, 5th August 2009
By: Staff Writer

Sky Sports are reporting that Sunderland have entered the (one-horse) race to sign Lucas Neill.

Mackems boss Steve Bruce is reported to have made an eleventh hour bid to snatch the Australian full-back from under the noses of West Ham, for whom Neill had been expected to re-sign following negotiations earlier this week.

The reports are very much unconfirmed at this stage but it is clear that Neill remains unhappy with United's tabled one-year extension offer. Scott Duxbury, talking to KUMB.com about Neill's future recently said:

"He got an Eggert Magnusson contract and so he wanted another Eggert Magnusson contract, but that doesn't happen.

"Lucas has been given a contract that would make him one of our top earners, certainly slightly more than the established senior players that you see every week.

"But that's still there for him to accept."

Should Neill join Sunderland he would once again join up with former Hammers George McCartney and Anton Ferdinand, both of whom were sold to the Black Cats a year ago. Calum Davenport, now back with the Hammers also spent time on loan there last season.

More on this story as it happens.

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by Tim Hine
08:41AM 26th Aug 2009
''Lucas Neill has always been a complete waste of money to West Ham and he should be forgotten about. West Ham as a club should learn from this incident and once and for all cut their losses and try to stop their huge percentage of costly errors.

From before Alan Stephenson to some purchases under Zola they have wasted purchase money that have contributed hugely to their own financial constraints. Once or twice is acceptable but from now on any such wasteful and poor decisions should lead to the incumbent manager's dismissal.

Zola has some very positive attributes but some of his selections and decisions are very strange and must cease or he should be sent packing. I wish that Sir Trevor Brooking was re-instated as West Ham manager, as he is tenacious, loyal to West Ham and has a good brain that one could rely upon and he could be very muched looked up to, without kindergarden errors effecting the club, players and fans.''

by Pete
06:41PM 5th Aug 2009
''So Sunderland are all closet West Ham fans then?''

by John Micklewait
03:54PM 5th Aug 2009
''Good riddance. He's been a waste of money since day one.''

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