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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 August, 2003, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Mellor moves to West Ham
Liverpool striker Neil Mellor
Mellor is highly rated at Anfield
Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has agreed a year-long loan with West Ham.

The Hammers have been searching for a replacement for Freddie Kanoute, who joined Spurs on Monday.

West Ham manager Glenn Roeder is hoping an attack comprising Jermain Defoe 285,000 signing David Connolly and Mellor can propel the club back to the Premiership.

Roeder said: "I'm of the same opinion as Gerrard Houllier. He's an excellent prospect and he's come in here on a year's loan.

"We'll make enough chances for those three to score enough goals for us to come back up."

A prolific goalscorer in Liverpool's reserves, Mellor's potential secured him a one-year contract extension at Anfield last year, but his progress has only produced six first-team starts for the Reds.

The 20-year-old played in last Sunday's friendly with Galatasaray in the Amsterdam Tournament, but was sent off along with Steven Gerrard as Liverpool lost 2-1.



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