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Sidwell set for West Ham ... but Beckham staying with LA Galaxy

Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell has held talks with West Ham United over a possible move back to London.

The former Chelsea and Reading player, 28, has made just one league start this season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have ended speculation over the future of Gael Kakuta by announcing the 19-year-old forward has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the club.

Kakuta was due to leave the Barclays Premier League champions when his contract ran out at the end of the current season and the Frenchman had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were given a two-year transfer ban in September 2009 after being found guilty of inducing Kakuta to break his contract with Lens, but that ban was lifted and the club were cleared of any wrongdoing after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled the forward's deal with the French club was not valid.

One man not on the move is former England captain David Beckham.

LA Galaxy said yesterday they expect him to return for pre-season training next month.

Beckham, who has been linked with Spurs, spoke last week of his desire for a short-term move to Europe.

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