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20 February 2004 : Pardew On Keeper Merry-Go-Round
Speaking to the West Ham United Official Site manager Alan Pardew has revealed some of his thoughts on the saga of keepers at Upton Park which has been running since mid-January when David James moved to Manchester City for 2,000,000.

Pardew has brought in Pavel Srnicek from Portsmouth initially for a month's loan, following the departure of Rami Shaaban, also a loan deal, back to Arsenal.

Explaining the move, Pardew said :

We were looking for a goalkeeper with a bit more experience; Pavel is Tomas Repka's big friend so I thought this was a good thing to happen as Tomas has been important to us this year. Their relationship would be fruitful if they have to play together. Steve [Bywater] has done terrific and he will have a top quality goalie sitting behind him on the bench now. That will give him confidence. I am pleased with him and I am sure he and his family are pleased with him as well - because he has done magnificently.

On Yeovil Town's Chris Weale, who has trained on several occasions with West Ham, Pardew said :

Chris is doing very well and he is a great goalkeeper who we are going to constantly monitor. But we are still going down the road with Steve Bywater at the moment. We have to look to see where Steve is at the end of the season to see what kind of goalie we are going to bring in, whether it is an experienced one to be next to him, young competition, or whatever. We won't know that until we have seen Stephen over a period of 10 or 15 games or so.

West Ham also have goalkeeper David Forde currently on their books.


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