Gary O'Neil: 'West Ham United stay agreed'

Gary O'Neil
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Gary O'Neil insists he has agreed a deal to stay at West Ham United that he will sign early next week, ending a short spell as a free agent after his release in May.

Gary O'Neil has declared that an agreement is in place with West Ham United over a new contract, which he expects to sign on Monday morning.

The 30-year-old was officially released by West Ham at the end of last season, just over two years after completing a £5m move from Middlesbrough.

O'Neil has insisted that he was always confident of agreeing fresh terms with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, despite a delay in proceedings while the midfielder was a free agent during the close season.

He told Sky Sports News: "Everything's been agreed. I didn't need a medical, obviously they know me quite well.

"All the terms are agreed and everyone's happy, so I'll just sign Monday morning. It took a little while. With everyone being on holiday stuff drags out, but we got there in the end.

"That's the way it comes out in the press [on being released], slightly differently to how it is. We were always sorting it out and I was confident I would end up there."

During West Ham's successful return to the Premier League last season O'Neil featured largely as a substitute, making 27 appearances in all competitions.

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