Curbs not hopeful on Eidur

Hammers boss cool on Gudjohnsen and Barnes

Curbishley: Looking to strengthen

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Alan Curbishley has played down the chances of Eidur Gudjohnsen and Giles Barnes signing for West Ham.

Curbishley continued his summer recruitment drive on Thursday by finally concluding a deal with Newcastle for Kieron Dyer.

The Hammers have also been linked with Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen and highly-rated Derby winger Barnes, but Curbishley is not planning to step up his pursuit of either player.

He said: "Eidur Gudjohnsen is not fit and is battling away to get fit, so there is nothing in it at the moment. He's a Barcelona player.

"We did inquire about Giles Barnes. We made an offer and it was rejected.

"We are entitled to make bids for players, but he's injured as well at the moment and Derby want to keep him.

"But the transfer window is still open, and we are still active. We're still short in one or two areas."

Friends reunited

Dyer's arrival will see him reunited with former Newcastle team-mates Craig Bellamy, Scott Parker and Lee Bowyer, who he famously clashed with in April 2005.

But Curbishley does not anticipate any problems between the two players.

"I spoke to both of them and have been assured that it was a one-off, and they both speak to each other regularly," said the manager.

"It was just two players desperate to do well. They were getting well beaten, and it just boiled over."