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Rumour Mill-Clarets To Stech It Up 'Em?

West Ham goalkeeper Marek Štěch has indicated that Burnley are keen on acquiring his services.

The 21-year-old Czech is playing second fiddle at the moment to Rob Green and is getting limited opportunity to play in the first team.

Stech was on loan to Yeovil Town earlier this season but was then recalled by Hammers gaffer, Sam Allardyce to provide injury cover.

It would appear both Ipswich Town and Burnley are just two of the clubs that have been interested in the stopper.

So who is suggesting a move to Burnley could be on the cards? Well none other than the keeper himself.

Speaking to the media he said:

'Anyway, Burnley are keen to sign me. I've already played a game in their reserves.

'Two weeks ago they played at West Ham and I discussed it with their goalkeeper coach. He said there was interest.

'In January it would most likely be for a six-month loan. Then I would have one year left on my West Ham deal and at such situation you usually open talks over a new contract or move on.'

The reason West Ham are reluctant to play the keeper is also contract-related with the club due to pay Sparta Prague a bonus if he makes five appearances. The Hammers signed him from the Czech club in August 2006 for an undisclosed fee and surpisingly he has yet to make his first team debut having made just friendly appearances for the East End club.

Talking about the situation at Upton Park, Štěch said:

'I still can't play because of that money. It is unpleasant and has been going for a year. I'm trapped and they (West Ham)don't have a reason to keep me because of the clause. Perhaps they might even be happier if I moved elsewhere.

'I don't want to mention the figure, but my feeling is it is not a big sum for West Ham.

'I think the fee is not too big and it makes me feel sorry because I like West Ham. This is my fifth season here and I have always been happy here.'

Since his arrival at West Ham is has had three spells out on loan. As well as the more recent loan spell at Yeovil, he also played for Wycombe Wanderers and Bournemouth.

He was at Dean Court for just one game having signed in December 2009 on an emergency loan due to last for seven days. There is however the obvious link in that the manager at the time was non other than Eddie Howe! However it is difficult to see how Howe would have been impressed consideing that he following day Štěch made his debut for Bournemouth but let in five goals with the Cherries losing 5-0 away to Morecambe. He didn't get chance to redeem himself either and returned to West Ham.

This is not the first time we have been linked with the keeper and if the rumours are true it is bound to fuel speculation concerning the future of Brian Jensen and indeed third-string keeper, Jon Stewart.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 29 2011

Time: 7:15PM

Your Comments

Keepers and strikers! What about defenders and midfielders? You just sense Beast could be off in January don't you?
turfmanphil
Happy with this rumour, the more players we are linked with the better. Forwards, keepers I really dont mind because unless you are a fool, you know full well the club is trying its hardest to source the right defenders and midfielders too. Just failing to sign Wayne Bridge in the last window proves we are trying on all fronts.
VinRogue
Funny how we are never linked with defenders though! Must be doing it well, if they are after them without the media getting wind of it. Mind you they were after them in the loan window and seemed to fail miserably. Just as well we got Duff back to fitness
turfmanphil
I read about the failed bid to bring Wayne Bridge in recently and it made me smile as this was obviously one of the signings we were close to achieving. Better luck next time......lol
VinRogue
Been watching Wayne Bridge with interest. He can do a reasonable job in midfield as well. He would seem to be made for the job given his experience. BUT why do we keep looking at City for players?
AndyHo
City and West Ham I would say at the moment
turfmanphil
Don't think we need another keeper unless the Beast really is off. Don't think Bridge is a likely signing though it would be nice to get some more experience at the back. Agree with most of you that a defender is priority. Midfield is not a great concern at the moment.
CanadaClaret
We would be in trouble in midfield if we have a few injury problems and the defence is wafer thin. I am hoping for midfield and defence signings in the Jan window to sustain, as it has been put, our promotion push with rivals Hull.
cornwallclaret
Think they will be at least two leaving in January and Jenson being one, and the Club will try and off load Bikey. We might all be surprised with the players arriving in January; I would like to see three arrive even more if we can get rid of the two I’ve mentioned. One thing with our Eddie he will only buy if they improve the team.
Fedupclaret
Goalkeeper Brian Jensen is back in training as the Clarets approach the New Year in great shape on and off the field. The return of the long-serving Jensen will make any reported move for West Ham's Marek Stech a non-starter as the January transfer window edges near with Tindall admitting Burnley's priorities lies elsewhere.
Totally_Claret
Article on Official site now states that Beast is back in training and that Stech move is a non starter with Tindall saying priorities lie elsewhere
turfmanphil
You beat me to it,TC must have crossed in the ether
turfmanphil
you know what they say Phil, "up there for thinking , down there for dancing"
Totally_Claret
Aye, I witnessed your dancing..(Cough!)..the other night at Scott and Martine's. It was certainly down there!! roflmao
turfmanphil
 

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