Cottee decides to swap East End for Malaysia

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West Ham's Tony Cottee has agreed a move to the Malaysian club, Selangor, for a fee believed to be in the region of pounds 750,000. The former England striker will continue to train with his Upton Park team-mates for month but is no longer eligible to play for the Hammers.

Cottee, who has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months, will fly out to Malaysia for pre-season training before his new club's campaign resumes in January.

The 31-year-old spent a total of 14 years on West Ham's books, split by a six-year spell with Everton. After 184 league appearances and 72 goals for them he rejoined West Ham two years ago and has taken his tally of league appearances for the club to 279, with 115 goals. Only Ian Rush and Ian Wright have scored more goals among current Premiership players.

"I am leaving West Ham with a certain amount of sadness because, first and foremost, I'm a great fan of the club," Cottee said.

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