New West Ham United boss Avram Grant is keen to bring his backroom staff at Portsmouth to Upton Park.

The Daily Mail says Grant is set to target former Portsmouth assistants Paul Groves and Ian Woan as part of a new backroom team, although first-team coach Kevin Keen is expected to stay on in some capacity.

There had been suggestions the Israeli would team up again with his former Chelsea No 2 Steve Clarke, who remained at West Ham after Gianfranco Zola left last month.

However, Clarke is understood to be close to agreeing a severance package on his £1.2million-a-year contract and won't hang around for an opportunity to renew the partnership that took Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008.