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Ashton agrees to bumper new deal

PUBLISHED: 11:35 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG DEAN Ashton will an end a week of mixed fortunes with England by pocketing a small fortune from West Ham after agreeing a bumper new contract. Ashton will commit his future to the club by signing a new £13million deal with the Hammers t

By JONATHAN CLEGG

DEAN Ashton will an end a week of mixed fortunes with England by pocketing a small fortune from West Ham after agreeing a bumper new contract.

Ashton will commit his future to the club by signing a new £13million deal with the Hammers this week, just days after his disappointing England debut in Trinidad and Tobago.

The 24-year-old striker will put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth around £50,000 a week, catapulting him into the ranks of the club's top earners and ending the deadlock over his Upton Park future.

West Ham have been involved in lengthy negotiations with Ashton, who had just two years left on his current £13,000-a-week deal.

The club have held two meetings with Ashton's representatives since the end of the season in an effort to thrash out a deal, but the two sides were unable to agree terms until a third meeting this week.

The former Norwich forward revealed he was anxious to remain at the club after finishing the season as West Ham's leading scorer with 11 goals, and the impasse over his future came to an end following face-to-face talks with Hammers boss Alan Curbishley.

The new pay rise will lift Ashton's spirits following a poor Three Lions debut on Sunday.

The Irons target-man failed to impress in the 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday and was replaced by Peter Crouch at half-time.

Ashton had waited almost two years to win his first cap after breaking his ankle in England training in 2006 and he is hoping he doesn't endure a similar length of time before making a second appearance for Fabio Capello's side.

"I could have done better and it would have been nice to score," he admitted.

"There were a few touches that could have been better but, hopefully, I've impressed.

"I find it hard when people say there's not much talent behind Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen because I think there is. I'm part of that group that's more than capable of playing at that level.

"I'm not saying Rooney isn't an unbelievable player, but I feel I can get in the team as well.


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