Pardew: Ashton here to stay
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham United boss Alan Pardew says he has no intention of selling Dean Ashton.
West Ham United boss Alan Pardew says he has no intention of selling striker Dean Ashton.
The former Crewe Alexandra hit-man has been linked with a big money move to Newcastle United, despite only joining The Hammers in a £7.25 million deal from Norwich City back in January.
Speaking after West Ham's 2-0 pre-season win over Trollhattan in Sweden, the former Reading manager stated he is looking forward to seeing Ashton perform for the East Londoners this season.
"All my players are here to stay," Pardew told Sky Sports News.
"I think what people are going to have to remember is that this group were all very young last year.
"They've got another year under their belt and they're going to be better this year.
"Dean Ashton will be one of them and he's looking like he wants to progress quickly.
"We're looking forward to seeing him in the West Ham and he'll certainly be running around against Charlton on that opening day, I assure you of that."
Fellow West Ham striker Carlton Cole, meanwhile, hopes his summer move to Upton Park will hand him the chance to become a first-team regular.
The 22-year-old struggled to break into Chelsea's first team and felt now was time for a fresh start.
"Since the (England) Under-21s, that's the only play I really got last season," Cole said.
"I had one start in the FA Cup, played well and scored, but games after that were scarce.
"I just thought from then, I had to go out and better myself and try and play more games and play and gain more experience in The Premiership.
"You never know. Maybe, in the future, I can get to a big club.
"Now, West Ham is the first on my list and West Ham has given me the opportunity to play and hopefully, I'm going to do well for them."