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Last Updated: Monday, 22 January 2007, 17:05 GMT
West Ham confirm capture of Neill
Lucas Neill
Blackburn offered Neill a new deal but he has refused to sign it
West Ham have confirmed the capture of Blackburn defender Lucas Neill for an undisclosed fee thought be about 1.5m.

The Australia international snubbed Liverpool to join in West Ham's relegation fight.

Neill, 28, will reportedly earn 60,000 a week at West Ham, twice what Liverpool were prepared to offer.

Rovers boss Mark Hughes sanctioned Neill's move to Upton Park after signing a replacement in Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock.

Hughes gave permission for Neill to travel to speak to West Ham on Saturday, and he passed a medical.

Neill has insisted his move was not dictated by money.

The Australian said: "It wasn't about cash - that didn't come into it. It was about being wanted. West Ham were knocking down the door to get me whereas Liverpool made a take or leave it offer.

"They didn't even come in for me until 15 days after the transfer window opened.

"People who have raised their eyebrows at me for making this decision are in for a surprise because West Ham have a shopping list of players which almost blew me away.

"People have said I put money before medals and how could I make a sideways move like this and not go to a club like Liverpool, who are always in the hunt for trophies and so much prestige.

"It was an extremely hard decision but I know it's the right one.

"West Ham moved heaven and earth to sign me while Liverpool gave me the impression that I might not even get a game if I went there.

"I supported them as a kid and I know people are going to give me stick for not choosing them."

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