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'Negativity' is affecting West Ham, says Valon Behrami

Valon Behrami
Behrami, a 5m signing, is a Swiss international

Midfielder Valon Behrami has linked West Ham's poor form this season with their precarious financial position.

West Ham, currently 17th in the league, are an estimated £48m in debt.

The Swiss international said: "Off the pitch there has to be stability because when you have problems like this it can affect you on the pitch.

"I am hoping the new year will be better for everyone at West Ham and we can have some positive things because right now there's a lot of negativity."

West Ham have managed just one victory from their last six games and while the club's major shareholder CB Holding is looking to find new owners it has insisted it is not under any pressure to do so.

I am looking for someone in January to help us and (tell us) that we don't have to sell players.

Valon Behrami

CB Holding's parent company - Straumur-Burdaras Investment Bank - has had its debt payments frozen until September 2010.

And key players such as England internationals Matthew Upson, Robert Green, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole have all been linked with moves away from Upton Park.

Behrami, who joined from Lazio in 2008, suggested the players had been left in the dark over the club's financial future.

"I have spoken a number of times with the people above us to make the situation clear and what is the real situation?" he said.


"It is clear that we need to know our future. I am looking for someone in January to help us and (tell us) that we don't have to sell players.

Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie against Arsenal on Sunday, West Ham have also been hit by injuries to Mark Noble, Danny Gabbidon, Herita Ilunga, Kieron Dyer and Cole, while Guillermo Franco is suspended.

Despite the injury woes, Behrami is hoping that a good result against their north London rivals - 30 years after West Ham beat Arsenal to win the 1980 FA Cup - could be a springboard into the new year.

"The FA Cup has arrived for us at a moment when we are struggling in the Premier League and we have a lot of players who are injured so this is not a good moment for us," he said.

"The draw was not very kind to us but we are at home and if we play like a team, we can have a good result. A good cup run could help us in the league."

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West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
03 Jan 10 |  FA Cup
When the Hammers shocked Arsenal
01 Jan 10 |  FA Cup
London firm to bid for West Ham
30 Dec 09 |  Business
Tottenham 2-0 West Ham
28 Dec 09 |  Premier League
West Ham debt repayments frozen
16 Dec 09 |  West Ham
West Ham in no hurry to sell club
23 Dec 09 |  West Ham
Gold & Sullivan move for West Ham
09 Dec 09 |  West Ham
West Ham sign Lazio star Behrami
23 Jul 08 |  West Ham

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