Enrique joins Newcastle influx

Kieron Dyer could yet join West Ham – even though Newcastle have upped their asking price for the England midfielder.

Kieron Dyer could yet join West Ham – even though Newcastle have upped their asking price for the England midfielder.

The Hammers will not budge on their £6m offer for Kieron Dyer – but the England midfielder’s transfer could be revived if Newcastle accept a compromise deal.

Dyer had been on the point of moving to Upton Park after the clubs agreed a fee of £5m up front plus a further £1m depending on appearances.

Newcastle then decided they had under-valued the player and demanded a further £2m, causing West Ham to pull out of the move.

It is understood the Hammers are still interested in Dyer, who has already passed a medical, but will not go above £6m. They may, however, be willing to pay all the money up front.

Dyer himself has been left in limbo with Newcastle making it clear they were happy for the midfielder to leave.

West Ham were furious with the sudden price hike – they had been given written confirmation of the acceptance of their offer until Newcastle’s change of mind.

The club are also keen to make a point that they will not pay over the odds for any player – they want to stress that the Icelandic consortium who own the club will not spend unnecessarily.

Allardyce has defended the club’s decision to block Dyer’s move, while West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has insisted the deal was now “definitely off”.

Allardyce said: “If Curbs started it, then we are more upset than they are, that is a fact.

“Why? That is confidential. He is not as upset as we are about West Ham. In the end, we decided he was under-valued. We escalated the valuation to what we thought was realistic and West Ham did not want to roll with it.

“Kieron is back with us, a top player with a squad who are growing.

“Will it be difficult for Kieron? It’s life, isn’t it? He has got a contract. You sign it. The length of the contract means you are employed by an employer, something happens, it doesn’t work, you come back and get on with it.

“If anything else happens in terms of West Ham increasing their offer, then great. If they don’t then clearly they don’t value him as highly as we do.”

Allardyce yesterday made Spain Under-21 international left-back Jose Enrique his seventh signing of the summer.

The 21-year-old, who joined for £6.3m and signed a five-year deal with the club, joins fellow summer recruits Mark Viduka, Joey Barton, David Rozehnal, Geremi, Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa at St James’ Park.

Enrique, who will wear the number three shirt at St James’ Park, said: “I believe very much in the manager at Newcastle United and I believe they are going to be one of the top teams.”

“I know Newcastle already have players with a lot of character and players who are used to winning many things and playing in Europe like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Obafemi Martins.

“It will also help me to have people like Nolberto Solano and Albert Luque to speak to. Albert says he is going to take care of me at Newcastle.”

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