Saturday, 10 January 2009

Bellamy To Reject City Move For Spurs?


West Ham United striker Craig Bellamy is understood to prefer a move to Tottenham Hotspur over Manchester City, with the Welsh International unsure a bout a reunion with City manager Mark Hughes at the Eastlands Stadium, according to The Guardian.

29-year-old Bellamy has been heavily linked with both Spurs and City, with the striker tipped to join Hughes at the Premier League side, having worked under Hughes at Blackburn Rovers. However, Bellamy feels that his chances of first team football at the Eastlands could be limited due to the influx of players expected to arrive in the Blue half of Manchester.

Tottenham have already had an offer for Bellamy turned down by their Premiership rivals, but reports earlier in the week suggested that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was considering an improved offer for the Hammers forward. Despite securing the return of Jermain Defoe to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth, Bellamy still remains on the Redknapp radar.

Redknapp will be encouraged by the news that Bellamy is favouring Tottenham over the Blues and could make an improved offer in the region of £9million in order to prise the former Liverpool player away from Upton Park.

Bellamy has been at West Ham since making the switch from the Reds in 2007 for £7.5million and has scored 9 goals in 31 appearances for the Hammers in what has been an injury-disrupted spell in East London.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has always insisted publicly that none of the Hammers top players will be leaving Upton Park in January, but with the club in financial difficulty is privately resigned to losing some key players including Bellamy.

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