x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Neill leaves West Ham

West Ham United have confirmed that club captain Lucas Neill has left the club after rejecting a new contract at Upton Park.

West Ham United have confirmed that club captain Lucas Neill has left the club after rejecting a new contract at Upton Park. The Australian fullback, who turned down the chance to join Liverpool before signing for the Hammers in January 2007, is said to have rejected a "significant offer" by the East London club according to their website, which is sure to alert a host of admirers both in the Premier League and abroad. The 31-year-old former Millwall defender is keen to secure a deal which will take him up until the World Cup next year in South Africa at least, and he is joined through the Upton Park exit door by Diego Tristan, Lee Bowyer, Walter Lopez, Kyel Reid, Tony Stokes and Jimmy Walker. In addition, the loans of Jan Lastuvka, Radoslav Kovac and David Di Michele have ended and will not be renewed. Coming the other way are Calum Davenport and Julien Faubert, whose respective loan spells at Sunderland and Real Madrid have ended. One new addition to Gianfranco Zola's squad is the Hungary Under 21 international goalkeeper Peter Kurucz, who has been signed from Ujpest FC on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee

sluckings@thenational.ae *With agencies