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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2006, 11:36 GMT
Sheringham awaits contract offers
By Chris Bevan

Teddy Sheringham
Sheringham turns 40 in April
Veteran striker Teddy Sheringham will move to another club if West Ham opt against extending his current contract - which ends in the summer.

The 39-year-old has been linked with a third switch to Tottenham before the January transfer window closes.

But his agent Barry Neville told BBC Sport: "It is quite simple. Teddy is contracted to West Ham and he wants to carry on playing after this season.

"His only concern is a new contract so the ball is in West Ham's court."

West Ham boss Alan Pardew is keen to retain Sheringham and offer him more responsibility on the coaching front at Upton Park.

He said: "Teddy has been fantastic for us. He is a player I am desperate to keep at the club and a player we are talking to about next year.

"We want him to stay next year and maybe extend his role a bit onto the coaching side. I feel he has something to offer. I have suggested it to him before.

"We want him to stay next year and maybe extend his role a bit onto the coaching side.

But Neville insists the former England international would prefer to keep his focus on extending his playing days for as long as possible.

"Teddy is enjoying himself. He is living for the moment - having a great time and he is enjoying himself at West Ham," he said.

"He wants to carry on playing. Ted has always said he does not want to be judged by a number but by his performances.

"He is just focused on playing at the moment and has not given coaching too much thought. While he is still playing that is what he wants to do."

Sheringham, who turns 40 in April, has had two previous spells at Spurs - between 1992 and 1997 and from 2001 to 2003.

He joined West Ham from Portsmouth in July 2004 and scored 20 league goals to help Alan Pardew's side win promotion to the Premiership.

This season he has scored four goals in 14 Premiership starts as the Hammers have consolidated in mid-table in their first season back in the top flight.

Neville says he has heard nothing from the Hammers about any approach from Spurs - or from Blackburn, who have also been linked with signing him.

"I had a phone call about Tottenham from a newspaper on Wednesday but I just dismissed it," he added.

"I think Blackburn might have made an enquiry about Teddy this time last year, but I have heard nothing since - and West Ham have told me nothing about them making a fresh enquiry."


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