Hammers rebuff Palace raid
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Eagles offered £3.5 million for the duo, £2.5 for midfielder Carrick and £1 million for striker Harewood.
The Hammers have admitted they are prepared to listen to offers for Carrick as the England youngster has made it clear he will not sign a new contract at Upton Park.
The 23-year-old will become a free agent at the end of next season and will be able to leave for nothing when he turns 25 on July 28, 2005.
However, Palace's offer does not match West Ham's valuation of the player.
"As we have previously stated Michael has indicated that he is not prepared to sign a new contract with West Ham United," stated Hammers managing director Paul Aldridge.
"As he has only one year left to run on his contract, the club is reluctantly prepared to consider offers for Michael provided such offers match the club's valuation of the player.
"Palace's bid of £2.5million does not represent an acceptable transfer fee for Michael."
Aldridge was also far from happy with Palace's attempts to land Harewood, and insisted the Selhurst Park outfit were trying to unsettle the former Nottingham Forest star.
"I am particularly disappointed at Crystal Palace's conduct regarding this matter," he continued.
"On two separate occasions I have rejected their bid for Marlon and informed them that he is not for sale.
"Despite this they chose to announce their failed bid on their website in what can only be an attempt to unsettle Marlon and try to facilitate a transfer.
"This conduct is unacceptable especially as Marlon has repeatedly said he is happy at West Ham United and wants to play a part in helping the team achieve promotion back to the Premiership this season."
Palace boss Iain Dowie could be tempted to return with an improved bid for Carrick, but it appears unlikely he will be able to prise Harewood from Upton Park.