Dyer could earn new deal
West Ham are ready to offer Kieron Dyer a new contract, provided he can prove his fitness this season.
Last Updated: 10/09/10 8:51am
West Ham are ready to offer Kieron Dyer a new contract, provided he can prove his fitness over the coming season.
The former England international has been blighted by injury setbacks during his time at Upton Park with his future in the game being questioned at times.
But the 31-year-old midfielder, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, has started the last two Premier League games for Avram Grant's men.
And co-owner David Gold has admitted the club would be ready to offer the former Newcastle and Ipswich man fresh terms if he can stay clear of the treatment room.
Gold said: "If he plays two thirds of the games this season, why wouldn't we want him to stay at the club for the rest of his career?
"A new contract is certainly something we would look into."
Meanwhile, Gold has admitted he would be prepared to allow Grant to miss the forthcoming clash with Stoke to observe Yom Kippur.
West Ham's trip to the Britannia Stadium clashes with the Day of Atonement - a key date in the Jewish calendar - and the Israeli could be given a leave of absence.
"It is difficult to stand in the way of religious conviction," Gold said. "Religion is a very personal thing and, much as I would like Avram to be at every game, I would respect his decision.
"It's like a player who wants to miss a game to be at the birth of his child - no matter how much his team-mates might need him on the pitch, it's hard to stand in his way of something which is so important in his personal life.
"It varies, from individual to individual, how important religion is to you and it's a question of degrees. If my grandparents were still alive, they would not have gone to a match on Yom Kippur.
"Personally, I believe it is possible to fulfil both your religious obligations and your work obligations, but it's not so easy to do both if you are absolutely devout.
"I don't know Avram well enough yet to say whether he must be at the game, but you can't make a judgement like this on behalf of someone else."