Hammer blow for Allardyce in midfielder pursuit

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Arsenal appear to have put paid to suggestions that Henri Lansbury could join West Ham on a permanent basis after the midfielder signed a contact extension with the north London club.

The 20-year-old midfielder is currently on a season long loan with the Hammers, and had claimed he would consider joining the club on a full-time basis should opportunities at the Emirates Stadium no longer present themselves.

However, Lansbury has put pen to paper on a deal he initially signed in 2009 to further extend his stay at Arsenal.

The England under-21 international has been with Arsenal since the age of eight, and has steadily worked his way up through the ranks.


After departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri during the summer, Lansbury had been tipped to cement his place in the Arsenal first-team squad, but Arsene Wenger allowed him to leave on deadline day.

Having scored three goals in two games in the week leading up to his West Ham debut, Lansbury netted on during his first game at Upton Park having been put straight in the starting line up by Sam Allardyce.

Lansbury now has his sights on helping the Hammers achieve promotion at the first attempt, having been part of the Norwich side that reached the Barclays Premier League last term.

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