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West Ham would allow Downes to join Newcastle

West Ham boss Avram Grant is prepared to let Wally Downes join Alan Pardew at Newcastle. The Londoners, who have one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League, have conceded two goals in the three matches since Downes' appointment as defensive coach last month.

Pardew values Downes' input highly, having worked with the 49-year-old at former clubs Southampton and Reading.

Grant has been delighted with Downes' impact on the club but would not block a move if he chose to leave for St James' Park.

Grant said: "I like Wally Downes and have built a very good relationship in a short time but I cannot answer for him.

"He is here, he is happy and we are happy with him (but) I've never stopped anyone (from leaving) in my life - not a player, not anyone.

"There is a contract between him and the club but I must say we are happy with him and he is happy with us."

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