West Ham round-up: Early team news; midfielder interest reportedly sparked issues

A select round-up of the latest news relating to West Ham United...

West Ham United take on West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Cup this lunch-time, with both sides eager to progress in a competition they will have designs on winning.

With so many of the big-hitters eliminated at the fourth round stage, the Hammers could realistically head to Wembley but they will have to be at their best to overcome a resilient Baggies team resurgent under Tony Pulis.

In early team news, the BBC reports that midfield duo Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble could both return for Sam Allardyce’s side, although striker Andy Carroll is likely to miss the rest of the campaign through injury.

West Brom are without the cup-tied Darren Fletcher but Boaz Myhill could return to the starting line-up despite a recent hand injury.

In other news, the Mirror reports that Fletcher’s proposed move to West Ham allegedly caused issues among some of the Hammers’ current stars.

The report claims that had Fletcher arrived at Upton Park he would have been the club’s second-highest player after Carroll, earning £75,000-a-week.

That is said to have shocked some of West Ham’s first-team squad, although in the end Fletcher’s move fell through, the Scotland international ultimately signing for West Brom on transfer deadline day.

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