Pardew reveals Reo-Coker bid
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew has confirmed West Ham did receive an enquiry for Nigel Reo-Coker.
West Ham United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the club did receive a deadline-day enquiry for captain Nigel Reo-Coker.
As strongly speculated, an unnamed club moved for the England Under-21 midfielder following the news that The Hammers had secured the services of Argentinian star Javier Mascherano.
However, Pardew was determined to keep Reo-Coker at Upton Park, believing that the 22-year-old has a very bright future with West Ham.
Pardew feels West Ham can match Reo-Coker's ambitions for silverware and despite the slow start, still sees a positive season for the club.
"There was an enquiry for Nigel. I said adamantly what should happen and that is what did happen - he stayed here as a West Ham player," said Pardew.
"I think any club in the country would be interested in Nigel. He is the captain of the England Under-21s and he has led them to the European Championship.
"He has shown with England in the last few games that he has a great future.
"We all want to win trophies and if you don't see a chance of that at a particular club you move on.
"We were very, very close to winning one of the blue riband events last season in the FA Cup.
"There is no reason, despite a difficult start, that we can't do the same damage we did last season and secure a trophy."
Pardew admits Reo-Coker has been affected by speculation over his future at West Ham, but expects the midfielder to return to form sooner rather than later.
He added: "He is young. I'm not going to say it hasn't affected him. Subconsciously things affect you.
"But I don't think it has affected him in a negative way. The games haven't unfolded very well for Nigel.
"Nigel is the type of player who excels when you take the lead. Unfortunately that hasn't happened much for us this season.
"When teams come onto us you can really see his energy, the fantastic spirit he has and his drive comes to the fore. But when you concede the first goal and teams camp in it restricts his qualities.
"He perhaps has not been in the greatest of form this season but I am not worried about him and I am not worried about the attention of big clubs. That is a good sign for us."