Kieron Dyer's on-off move from Newcastle to West Ham is expected to be completed within the next 48 hours, Newcastle having accepted an improved £7m bid from the London club. The clubs had previously agreed a £6m fee only for Newcastle to raise their demand by £2m at the last minute and it now seems a compromise has been reached.
Dyer was due to be on his way to London last night, even though yesterday morning the 28-year-old midfielder featured in a behind-closed-doors game at Newcastle's training ground against Gretna that was arranged to aid Michael Owen's return to full fitness.
Dyer looked sharp and enthusiastic during Newcastle's friendly against Blue Star on Monday night and, as he passed a West Ham medical last week, which included a blood test because of Dyer's medical history, he could be thrust into the West Ham midfield for their game at Birmingham City on Saturday.
Dyer's match fitness will also be of interest to the England manager, Steve McClaren. Dyer is expected to be named in the squad for next week's friendly against Germany and is considered by McClaren to be one of the players who can play behind a main striker in a role comparable to Wayne Rooney.
Dyer will become the second Newcastle midfielder to join West Ham this summer, Scott Parker having left St James' Park for £7m as well. It is anticipated that Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager, will use the incoming money to strengthen before the transfer window closes with Allardyce adamant that he still wants more defenders. Bolton's Abdoulaye Faye is one of those at the top of the list.
* Millwall have been handed a £30,000 fine by the Football Association after their players failed to improve their disciplinary record. The fine was imposed after the club failed "to show an acceptable improvement in its disciplinary record" and for a "poor record of misconduct" last season. Millwall were given a further suspended £30,000 fine, which will be imposed should their disciplinary record not improve this season.