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Neill eyes a new deal

PUBLISHED: 11:34 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

LUCAS Neill has revealed that he is in preliminary talks with West Ham over a new contract. Hammers captain Neill has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and his future at the club has been the subject of constant speculation this summer. The Aus

LUCAS Neill has revealed that he is in preliminary talks with West Ham over a new contract.

Hammers captain Neill has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and his future at the club has been the subject of constant speculation this summer.

The Australia international is one of West Ham's biggest earners and is believed to be on a staggering £70,000 a week at Upton Park following his arrival from Blackburn last year.

West Ham chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson is looking to trim the wage bill at the club and Neill was linked with a switch to Turkish giants Galatasaray in an attempt to offload his massive salary.

But the 30-year-old defender is currently involved in discussions over a new contract that would keep him at Upton Park.

"Officially I'm on my last year of my contract. I've had preliminary talks and there's been interest from elsewhere," Neill told Australia's SBS.

"But I'm captain of West Ham and very proud of that and I don't see it being any different this season."

With talks likely to drag on for some time, Neill is happy to focus on the new Premier League campaign and he believes the club could exceed expectations this year.

"We have had a good start and we might surprise a few people this year," he said.

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