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Ephraim Wants West Ham Chance

Hogan Ephraim, held in such high regard at Colchester United, has effectively quashed all hopes of a return to the U`s after admitting he wants to prove himself at West Ham.

Ephraim has just completed a loan spell with QPR and there had been terrace talk that the England youth starlet would attract a bid from Colchester, particularly following a recent injection of funds by United`s owner Robbie Cowling.

The U`s would have been well-placed to prize the youngster from Upton Part, given Cowling`s former links as sponsor of the Hammers and the fact that Colchester`s Teddy Sheringham is Ephraim`s biggest idol in the modern game.

Ephraim, however, told West Ham`s official club website, WHUFC, this week that he now wants to attract the attentions of Alan Curbishley as he attempts to carve out a reputation for himself in the Premiership.

"The manager has not really seen a lot of me because when he came last year I was [on loan] at Colchester.

"I am not sure if he has seen much of me at QPR but I will just do my best in training and whatever will happen, will happen," he said.

Ephraim continued: "I am at the age now where I am desperate to play first-team football."

"With playing regularly last season, and at the start of this season, that is all I want now. Hopefully that will happen at West Ham.

"I feel I am ready for it and hopefully the manager will give me a chance. I just want to get my head down. I will do my best and hopefully that will be enough."

Ephraim must also win a new contract in London, as his current deal expires at the end of the season.

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Date:Wednesday November 14 2007

Time: 10:58AM

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That's a shame as he'd have been a useful edition for you guys.
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14/11/2007 16:33:00

Yes - can't see him getting a game at the Hammers', but he may prove me wrong!
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14/11/2007 16:50:00

With all the injuries at west ham lately, he may get his chance.
will it ever happen
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14/11/2007 17:44:00

Come on Hammers fans, give us a view!
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14/11/2007 18:05:00

Think we should keep going for him; permantly or temperory. Is a very, very talented player.
StevieG Col U
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14/11/2007 18:42:00

But I don't think he would now take the step down. He got on very well with George Williams and Mick Harford (hence QPR move) but obviosuly wants to try his trade in the big league and good luck to him!
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14/11/2007 19:24:00

Don't think he is good enough 4 prem yet, a bit raw.
StevieG Col U
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14/11/2007 20:02:00

He'll probably stay at West Ham and play with the reserves for a few months, if he's noticed he may get a first team chance and win a new contract
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14/11/2007 21:07:00

I agree with that. He is loyal to them and also has the time to attempt to establish himself regardless of what happens to him.
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14/11/2007 23:43:00

Yeah agree, hopefully he will do like Yeatesy did and end up coming back permantly. Wishful thinking!!!
StevieG Col U
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15/11/2007 18:28:00

Well, he's perhaps not as clinical in fornt of goal as he or the fans would like - but you never know, he might have loved Layer Road!
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15/11/2007 18:50:00


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