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West Ham ponder Gold rush

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Simon Austin | 14:36 UK time, Thursday, 10 December 2009


At first glance it's an offer that's very easy to refuse.

David Gold and David Sullivan propose taking a large stake in West Ham for a nominal fee, in much the same way they bought Birmingham City for £1 in 1993.

The duo might not be offering hard cash up front, but what they can bring, or so they say, is expertise and money for the January transfer window.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, West Ham chairman Andrew Bernhardt was hardly bowled over by this proposal when Sullivan first put it to him at a London restaurant in October.

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England's high hopes

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Simon Austin | 15:54 UK time, Thursday, 3 December 2009

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Fabio Capello will be setting his sights high in more ways than one this summer.

With seven of South Africa's 10 World Cup stadiums - including the venue for the final, Soccer City in Johannesburg - at altitude, England's meticulous manager knows how important it will be for his players to be properly prepared.

So the Italian has already put them through their paces at the Altitude Centre in London, as well as taking advice from other teams that have recently toured South Africa, including England's cricketers and the British and Irish Lions.

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