Davenport set for Black Cats

WEST HAM defender Calum Davenport is resigned to leaving Upton Park in the summer, with Sunderland favourites to secure his services. The 26-year-old centre half was sent out on loan to the Black Cats in January after falling out with Hammers boss Gianfra

WEST HAM defender Calum Davenport is resigned to leaving Upton Park in the summer, with Sunderland favourites to secure his services.

The 26-year-old centre half was sent out on loan to the Black Cats in January after falling out with Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola following his omission from the starting line-up to face Stoke City on December 28.

He has made six starts for Ricky Sbragia's team alongside another former Hammer in Anton Ferdinand, and he is now hopeful of securing a permanent move.

Alan Curbishley splashed out �3million to sign Davenport from Spurs in January 2007, but he only managed to play 15 games in his time at Upton Park before Zola shipped him out.


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Davenport summed up his situation: "The main focus for me is to do the job for Sunderland, then we'll get to the summer and see what happens," he said.

"I'd definitely sign for Sunderland if they want me in the summer. I've really enjoyed myself here."

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Davenport has also been linked to newly-promoted sides Birmingham City and Wolves.

"Whatever happens, I won't be at West Ham next season," he confirmed. "I've got another year on my contract, but I'll be moving on in the summer."

MEANWHILE youth team left back Joe Widdowson has joined Grimsby Town in a permanent deal after spending last season on loan at Blundell Park.

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