Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce admitted today that the 28-year-old could be ending his eight-year stay on Tyneside due to "family problems" - and West Ham have been heavily linked with the England man.
Curbishley spent £3million on Freddie Ljungberg from Arsenal this week - but after fellow new recruit Julien Faubert was ruled out for six months with a ruptured Achilles, the Hammers are short on wide options.
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