Hammers bag winger
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Ham United have snapped up winger Shaun Newton from Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Newton has moved to Upton Park on a short-term contract after being allowed to leave Molineux for a nominal fee.
Wolves have accepted a £10,000 offer for the 29-year-old, although they will bank a further £115,000 if The Hammers are promoted.
The wide man had been with Wolves since 2001 but had not featured in Glenn Hoddle's plans since the start of February.
With Newton due to have been out of contract at the end of the season, Hoddle was happy to allow the former Charlton Athletic winger to return to the capital.
"We are happy to let Shaun go for a nominal fee as he is so close to the end of his contract," said Hoddle.
"He hasn't been in the first team in recent weeks and it is better for all parties if he can get a move and be playing somewhere else."
Meanwhile, Hammers manager Alan Pardew remains hopeful that he can bring Cardiff City defender James Collins to Upton Park.
The cash-strapped Bluebirds have already rejected a £350,000 offer for Collins but Pardew is not giving up his pursuit of the player.
Pardew said: "In any negotiation, it has to fit both parties. At the moment we are interested in him and would like him to be a West Ham player."
Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has also been linked with The Hammers, with Pardew aware of the rumours.
He added: "He has been linked with the club.
"The situation here with us at West Ham is we have a terrific side, a terrific squad and we want to strengthen for the run-in.
"There are going to be a lot more names linked with us until such time as one or two come in because I've made it public that I want to bring some names in."