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Last Updated: Friday, 29 February 2008, 13:31 GMT
Xerez deny West signing claim
By Phil Minshull
BBC Sport, Spain

Nigeria's Taribo West
Spanish club Xerez deny any plan to sign Nigeria's Taribo West

Spanish second division club Xerez have denied they are set to sign the much-travelled and extrovert former Nigerian international Taribo West.

Earlier this week, West said that he was hoping for "a new lease of life" at Xerez but the struggling club's press chief Paco Garcia poured cold water on the player's claim to be moving there.

"I haven't heard anything about him signing so I don't have any news to tell you," Garcia told the BBC.

"But it seems a strange story. I doubt he's been signed for next season either."

The cash-strapped club have a history of financial problems, which makes reports in the Nigerian media that he would pick up US$33,000 a month seem unlikely.

Xerez are currently second from bottom of the Spanish second division and are in sever danger of being relegated to the regional third tier at the end of the season.

West, who turns 34 next month, is currently out-of-contract after recently leaving the Iranian club Paykan by mutual consent.

In his long career, the defender has also played for Auxerre, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Derby County, Kaiserslautern, Partizan Belgrade, Al-Arabi and Plymouth Argyle.

West has won 42 caps for the Super Eagles and was part of their 1998 and 2002 World Cup squads.

SEE ALSO
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