West Ham striker Dean Ashton has promised to repay the club's fans' "brilliant" vocal support by giving them something to really sing about.

Ashton is on the mend again from a knee injury that has kept him out for the last five games - after spending nearly a full year on the sidelines recovering from the broken ankle sustained in training with England before the start of last season.

"The fans here have been absolutely brilliant with me. And I want to be out there for them."

He told the club's official website: "Their support has really boosted me coming back from the year I had. They are continually singing my name and when I think about the club and all its history I'm amazed by the backing I've had.

"Now I need to get out there again and give them something to really sing about. That's what I want to do as soon as I'm fit and right."