Hammers look at Thatcher

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Thatcher: Hammers trial

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West Ham have handed a trial to former Charlton defender Ben Thatcher.

Thatcher has been training with West Ham as he looks for a new club and he figured in Saturday's friendly draw with Villarreal.

Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is keen to find a defender ahead of next weekend's season opener at home to Wigan.

It is believed West Ham will choose between Swiss ace Bruno Berner and Thatcher as they look to replace George McCartney, who will miss the start of the season with a hamstring injury.

Thatcher played the first half of West Ham's 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Saturday after managing 74 minutes for West Ham's reserves in a 2-0 win at Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday.

Curbishley is keen to have a look at the 32-year-old as he considers his defensive options.

"Ben Thatcher is a vastly-experienced full-back and is keen to offer us cover with George McCartney and Jonathan Spector unavailable," Curbishley told the club's official website.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy handed a trial to Wales international Thatcher a fortnight ago after he had previously turned down a move to Ipswich.