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PUBLISHED: 15:59 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

by BEN WELCH WEST Ham manager Alan Curbishley has revealed plans for a new 60,000 capacity stadium. The Hammers boss said the club are considering a move away from Upton Park to a new stadium in Canning Town, that would almost double their home attendanc

by BEN WELCH

WEST Ham manager Alan Curbishley has revealed plans for a new 60,000 capacity stadium.

The Hammers boss said the club are considering a move away from Upton Park to a new stadium in Canning Town, that would almost double their home attendance.

It is understood the Parcelforce site close to West Ham station has been identified as the only viable option should the club opt to move from The Boleyn Ground - although a number of planning obstacles would need to be overcome in order to make this a reality.

"It's a big club and we feel we can become bigger," Curbishley explained. "There's plans for a new stadium and for us to push on, but obviously we've got to lay the foundations for that to happen. As I understand it we can't develop Upton Park. We have a 35,000 capacity and we've got an 8,000 waiting list for season tickets.

"Then once the infrastructure goes in we can attract 60,000. That's the plan and if we can do that then we might be able to push on and become a bigger club," said Curbishley.

For now the Irons supremo is currently focusing on the present and getting the best out of his injury hit squad.

Craig Bellamy and Danny Gabbidon pulled out of the Wales squad for last night's (Wednesday) friendly match against Norway in Wrexham.

The West Ham duo withdrew from the friendly because of a lack of match fitness and joined Hammers team-mate James Collins on the absent list.

Striker Bellamy returned for the Irons against Wigan on Saturday, playing 22 minutes, after a three-month lay-off with an abdominal injury.

Defender Gabbidon has not played since mid-December because of a groin strain.

Collins suffered knee ligament damage in a recent reserve match and could be out until late in the year.

West Ham fans will be pleased to hear Scott Parker is not out for the rest of the season. Parker is currently out of action after suffering a knee injury in the win over Manchester United in December.

Reports over the weekend suggested Parker could miss the remainder of the campaign with the latest injury, but Curbishley remained adamant the former Newcastle United and Charlton midfielder will be back before the end of the season.

"Contrary to stories this week, Scotty Parker is about a month or six weeks away," said the Hammers boss.

Saturday's game at home to Birmingham City could mark the return of West Ham striker Bobby Zamora. The former Tottenham striker and Bellamy were both on target for the Hammers on Monday in a specially arranged practice match against Queen's Park Rangers.

l Injury to Irons defender Calum Davenport, who broke a bone in his neck while out on loan at Watford, will not finish his career and he will play again.


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