Monday, 15 August 2011

Burnley set To Sign West Ham Striker

Zavon Hines is set to sign for Championship club Burnley after failing to land the contract he wanted at West Ham, according to reports.The 22-year-old striker has been out of contract at the club since the end of last season and looked certain to leave  some months ago.However at the beginning of last month it looked as if the two parties were edging towards a deal when Hines told his followers on Twitter that he hoped to remain at West Ham and was hopeful of signing a new deal.But despite being involved in the latter stages of the club's pre-season talks fell through, and the former England under-21 is now said to be set to join West Ham's Championship rivals Burnley for a nominal fee.Hines, who was named Young Player of the Year by readers at the end of the 2009/10 season made his first team debut under Alan Curbishley in West Ham's 4-1 Carling Cup defeat of Macclesfield - a game in which he also scored.Having failed to make any further appearances for the first team that season he played 15 times in 2009/10, making his first start for the club in the 1-0 defeat at Wigan in September. However his season ended abruptly in December 2009 when he was forced to endure surgery to fix a long standing knee problem - an injury that kept him out until November the following year.Sporadic appearances under Avram Grant despite being fully fit led  to Hines criticising the manager via his Twitter feed back in May, whilst the arrival of Sam Allardyce gave hope that his career at the Boleyn could be salvaged.

However that hope was short lived and his departure is expected to be confirmed by both clubs shortly.

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