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Neill poised for Hammers exit

PUBLISHED: 12:29 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010

LUCAS Neill has moved a step closer to the Upton Park exit door this week after Manchester City boss Mark Hughes launched a surprise attempt to sign the West Ham captain. Neill s future has been in question in recent weeks following reports that the Hamme

LUCAS Neill has moved a step closer to the Upton Park exit door this week after Manchester City boss Mark Hughes launched a surprise attempt to sign the West Ham captain.

Neill's future has been in question in recent weeks following reports that the Hammers had offered the defender to Portsmouth and Galatasaray as Alan Curbishley attempts to cut the club's wage bill.

West Ham's imminent signing of Valon Behrami has cast further uncertainty over Neill's position at the club.

Paddy Dominguez, the defender's agent, has previously insisted that his client will remain at West Ham but he now appears likely to accept a move on after he was informed that he would be competing with Behrami for the right-back spot if he remained at Upton Park.

The 30-year-old looks set for a cut-price move to Manchester City and a reunion with former manager Hughes.

Hughes reluctantly sold Neill to the Hammers for £1.5million in January 2007 and he is keen to revive their Blackburn partnership for a knockdown £750,000 fee.

Neill is on a massive £50,000-per-week deal at Upton Park and has just 12 months remaining on his contract - meaning he would be free to leave the Hammers for nothing at the end of the season.


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