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Neill holds out for improved West Ham offer

Lucas Neill is holding out for an improved offer from West Ham United, according to reports. The Australian international's future at the club is still in doubt after he refused a $AUD60,000-per-week deal and is believed to be holding out for $AUD100,000.

Sources close to the club say that Hammers techncial director, Gianluca Nani, is no longer willing to negotiate over wages meaning Neill could still have to find himself another club.

"Coach Gianfranco Zola wants Lucas back and he has a lot of sway. But the offer is simple: $A60,000-a-week and $A10,000 per-match appearance money. They are not willing to budge an inch," the West Ham source said.

"Lucas can still be a West Ham player again but he must accept that the financial landscape has changed at the club, and elsewhere."

Sunderland are still believed to be interested as are Turkish club Galatasaray.

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