No deal for Ashton, say City

PUBLISHED: 11:06 21 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:08 14 September 2010

Norwich City officials are denying that an £8 million deal has been struck star with West Ham for the transfer of striker Dean Ashton.

National newspaper The Daily Mail is today reporting that the Hammers have at last been successful in prising away Ashton after tracking him throughout the January transfer window.

Norwich City officials are denying that an £8 million deal has been struck star with West Ham for the transfer of striker Dean Ashton.

National newspaper The Daily Mail is today reporting that the Hammers have at last been successful in prising away Ashton after tracking him throughout the January transfer window.

The report suggests that this is the fourth bid from the Premiership club and is believed to include a set fee plus add-ons.

However, the Canaries' chief executive Neil Doncaster simply had this to say this morning: “As and when there is anything to report we will report it. As of yet there is nothing.”

The newspaper reckons Ashton, 22, will be given the No 9 shirt once personal terms are agreed. The report says that Ashton met West Ham officials yesterday in a bid to beat the 5.30pm Friday deadline for player registration.

The talks failed to conclude, however, meaning Ashton will not be available for the Hammers' Monday night TV clash with Fulham.

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