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Spurs Vs West Ham United: Mon 28 Dec 2009

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Tottenham defender Ledley King could start Monday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham.

King made a late appearance as a substitute in Saturday's goalless draw with Fulham after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Sebastien Bassong, the player King replaced, should be given the all-clear after taking a kick to the head.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp insists any doubts he had over Heurelho Gomes have been dispelled by the Brazilian goalkeeper's commanding form.

Gomes kept a third successive clean sheet against Fulham, producing a string of fine saves as Spurs escaped Craven Cottage with a point.

Redknapp admits to be being mystified by Gomes' reputation as one of the world's finest keepers when he initially assumed control of relegation-mired Spurs in October last year.

A succession of high-profile blunders had shattered the 28-year-old's confidence and left fans questioning just why the #7.8million signing from PSV Eindhoven was so highly rated.

But Gomes, with the help of goalkeeping coach Tony Parks, has flourished this season and Redknapp now understands the rave reviews.

"There was a time when I had my doubts about Gomes," said Redknapp.

"When I first arrived at Tottenham I thought 'we've got a problem here' because he was going through a bad time.

"Tony Parks coming has made a big difference. Tony had him working on the training ground while before he was looking at the technical side of it.

Redknapp must decide whether to start with Robbie Keane against West Ham following the club captain's ineffectual display against Fulham.

Keane has played second fiddle to Jermain Defoe recently and Redknapp admits he is struggling to adjust.

"Robbie Keane's been used to playing all the time. Recently he's been subbed or hasn't started and he's not found that easy," he said.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is a major doubt after suffering a hamstring injury in the victory over Portsmouth.

Valon Behrami is available to step in after making his comeback from a knee complaint off the bench against Pompey but Danny Gabbidon missed the match with a hamstring problem.

Striker Carlton Cole (knee) and forward Kieron Dyer (hamstring) are both still sidelined.

Scott Parker's form for West Ham could lead to a new question for pub quizzes up and down the country if he earns another England recall.

The 29-year-old midfielder has three caps, each while at different clubs, and the Hammers will be a fourth should Fabio Capello look at him as an option ahead of the World Cup in South Africa next summer.

His form this season has seen Gianfranco Zola talk up his skipper's chances for England, with his man-of-the-match performance against Portsmouth getting West Ham three valuable Barclays Premier League points in their bid to climb out of relegation trouble.

"Hopefully I can get another cap," Parker said. "We'll see what happens. All I can do is keep playing well for West Ham and let other people decide. If I can do that I'll see where it gets me."

Parker struggled last season with a chronic groin problem but has declared himself fully recovered and is feeling the benefit of a full pre-season. He feels he is in his best form since 2005.

"During my first year at Newcastle I was playing some good stuff and felt pretty confident there," he said.

"I've realised that when things are going well in football you have to keep the momentum going and keep running with it. There are times when things go bad but at the moment it's going well on a personal level.

"I've hit a bit of good form and feel quite strong. I've not picked up any injuries and had a good pre-season under my belt as well. It's from that. When you're confident and playing well things seem to happen for you."

With West Ham's financial situation uncertain, Parker has inevitably been suggested as a possible departure from Upton Park.

Tottenham are looking for cover in central midfield and Manchester City have also been linked with the former Charlton, Chelsea and Newcastle man.

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