Boa Morte mends fences to sign new deal

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Luis Boa Morte has surprisingly been handed a new two-year deal by West Ham United despite his verbal attack on the club's co-owner David Sullivan at the end of last season.

Boa Morte, 32, had seemed on his way out of Upton Park after comments he made to Match of the Day following a 1-1 draw with Manchester City. The former Arsenal and Fulham player had scored on his comeback to the West Ham side after a year recovering from knee ligament damage.

He said: "Mr Sullivan should have a bit more composure when he talks and when he goes to the press to hammer the players. He should be a bit more steady. The fact you have the money, it doesn't mean you can do whatever you want."

Boa Morte, a former Portuguese international, phoned Sullivan to apologise, and has been rewarded with another two-year contract. Yesterday Boa Morte said: "I am delighted to sign the contract and can't wait to get started. The new manager, Avram Grant, is going to play an attacking style and I hope to get involved in that. I did have offers from other people but I wanted to stay here."

Arsenal look to have won the race to sign the highly rated Dutch teenager Kyle Ebecilio. The 16-year-old is contracted to Feyenoord but will join Arsenal on 1 July after the north London side beat off competition from Chelsea. Arsenal will have to pay Feyenoord compensation, of around £500,000, only for Ebecilio's training costs.