Wednesday, August 09, 2006


[Insert lame Beatles joke]

George McCartney has joined West Ham from Sunderland, after a deal that also saw Hammers defender Clive Clarke moving the other way. The cash cost to West Ham is reported to be £600,000.

However it'll be a while - at least 10 weeks - before we see the 25-year-old Northern Irish left-back in action after his knee was injured in a pre-season match.

McCartney becomes the fourth defender to join the Irons over the summer transfer window in addition to midfielder Lee Bowyer and striker Carlton Cole.

Sunderland manager Niall Quinn said that the Black Cats had wanted Clarke to replace the injured McCartney, with West Ham insisting on McCartney as part of the deal. "We searched for a replacement for George as soon as he got his injury. It cropped up that West Ham would allow us to take Clive, who was our number one target, to come here but only if George went the other way. We weighed up the options and it was attractive for us because we've got a player who is ready-made to come into our team now, when we need him."

Clarke barely played for the Hammers but seemed to be a good player - seeya, Clive, and thanks.

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