Marlon happy with competition
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marlon Harewood insists he is happy to fight for his place at West Ham next season.
Marlon Harewood insists he is happy to fight for his place in West Ham's starting line-up next season.
Harewood joined The Hammers in 2003 from Nottingham Forest and has been a regular on the scoresheet for Alan Pardew's men.
The 26-year-old is, however, likely to face competition for his starting place in the coming season with Dean Ashton, Bobby Zamora and Teddy Sheringham joined by new signing Carlton Cole on the books at Upton Park.
Harewood has been linked with a move away from West Ham during the summer, with both Newcastle and Tottenham reportedly interested, and although flattered by the speculation, is adamant he wants to stay and fight for his place.
"Although you take all the transfer speculation as a big compliment it was Alan Pardew who brought me here and I want to give back what he gave to me," Harewood said.
"It is good to have competition in the squad. I don't see it as a threat. It makes you want to go out and improve."
Meanwhile, Pardew expects all five strikers at his disposal to play important roles in the coming season.
He added: "All our strikers know that in some games I will pick two of them and in other games it might only be one. None of them want to leave and that is the key."