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Hammers hope to nail down Neill

PUBLISHED: 14:39 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:34 05 October 2010

West Ham's Australian Defender Lucas Neill prepares to throw the ball during their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park, London, on December 8, 2008. AFP PHOTO / Glyn Kirk  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham's Australian Defender Lucas Neill prepares to throw the ball during their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park, London, on December 8, 2008. AFP PHOTO / Glyn Kirk FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lucas Neill still has a future at Upton Park, according to Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola

Lucas Neill still has a future at Upton Park, according to Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola.

Neill is currently a free agent after rejecting a deal to remain at West Ham on reduced terms.

The Australia international, who has captained the Hammers for the past two seasons, has since been linked with a move to Turkish giants Galatasary.

But Zola insists that Neill would be welcomed back to Upton Park with open arms if he accepts a new deal at West Ham.

"I hope Lucas comes back to the club because he knows how valuable he is to us," Zola said.

"He knows that he has got our trust and we like him, so it's down to him."

The Italian has also promised that out-of-favour duo Julien Faubert and Calum Davenport will be given a chance to secure their Upton Park futures.

French flop Faubert joined Real Madrid on loan in January, while defender Davenport was shipped out to Sunderland for the final six months of the season after reports of a dressing-room bust-up with Zola.

Yet the Italian is willing to give both players a second chance.

He said: "We will see, obviously. We are building up on what we had last year so if they can fit in our team, they are welcome.


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