Hammers drop de Jong interest
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham will not be pursuing a deal for Ajax midfielder Nigel de Jong.West Ham will not be pursuing a deal for Ajax midfielder Nigel de Jong according to Alan Pardew.
The Hammers had made enquiries about the 21-year-old, who has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe, but it would appear that they will not now lodge a firm contract offer.
De Jong has been told by his Dutch paymasters that he will not have his current deal renewed and is now deliberating on whether to leave in January or at the campaign's close.
Celtic have already been thwarted in their attempts to land the player, whilst the likes of Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund remain keen suitors.
Meanwhile, Pardew has told Bobby Zamora to celebrate the signing of a new long-term deal by realising his potential in the top-flight.
Zamora has put pen-to-paper on a new four-and-a-half year contract but Pardew has warned the 25-year-old striker that he must improve his mental strength.
''He's been terrific for us, got some vital goals and he's probably our one striker that can pull a rabbit out of the hat so I'm very pleased to have secured him,'' Pardew told Sky Sports News.
''I don't think he's progressed a great deal, technically he's always been a fantastic player.
''When he's mentally strong he's as good as anybody, but he fluctuates in his mentality and that's his next phase.
''What I would say for Bobby is that when he's mentally strong, he's an awesome player and he proved that this year.''