Friday, January 06, 2006


Hammers fail with Zigic bid

C&P Skysports
By Graeme Bailey - Created on 5 Jan 2006

Crvena Zvezda are reported to have rejected West Ham's bid for their star striker Nikola Zigic.
The 25-year-old was recently voted Serbia & Montenegro Player of the Year and is being strongly linked with a move to one of Europe's top leagues.
West Ham have been first to make a move and are understood to have met with officials from the Belgrade club in Paris.
However, The Hammers' offer - believed to be around €10.4 million (£7 million) - has been rejected by Crvena's director of football Dragan Stojkovic.
Stojkovic, along with coach Walter Zenga, is looking to take Crvena - formerly Red Star Belgrade - back to their glory days which at their pinnacle saw them lift the European Cup in 1991.
With that in mind, Stojkovic is unwilling to let Zigic leave mid-season as the club are currently embroiled in a tight title race with arch-rivals Partizan.
However, Crvena are braced for further bids - both from West Ham and elsewhere and they could yet be left with little option but to cash in on their most prized asset.

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