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West Ham boss Curbishley wants Ashton stay

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is determined to hold onto striker Dean Ashton.

"Every club outside the top four has this problem every summer. Even Spurs and people like that are going to come under pressure," said Curbishley. "But since the new group took over West Ham we have tried to push forward and I don't see selling players as a way of pushing forward.

"The people who left last summer (Nigel Reo-Coker, Marlon Harewood, Yossi Benayoun) asked to go and we wanted to have a change around.

"I want to see certain combinations of players that I haven't had a chance to see. I want to play Craig Bellamy with Dean Ashton. I am enthusiastic about when we join up again."

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