Capture of Green to end West Ham's search for goalkeeper

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West Ham United have had an offer of up to £2m accepted for Norwich City's Robert Green. If the England international, who is currently injured, passes a medical it will end the Premiership club's summer- long quest for a new goalkeeper.

The arrival of Green, who has also agreed personal terms, represents a coup for West Ham as the 26-year-old had already held talks with Charlton Athletic after their bid was also accepted by Norwich. Instead Charlton yesterday turned their attentions to another young English goalkeeper, Liverpool's Scott Carson, and secured the player on a season's long loan.

Green is currently recovering from a torn groin muscle which ruled him out of England's World Cup campaign - with his place, ironically, being taken by 20-year-old Carson, who has since returned to the England under-21 squad.

It is likely that Green, once fit, will vie for No 1 status with Roy Carroll who has struggled for fitness since his move last year from Manchester United. He will become West Ham's seventh signing since the end of last season.

In a statement the club said: "We can confirm that we have had a bid accepted for Norwich and England goalkeeper Robert Green. The deal, which could rise to £2m, is still subject to a medical and the player agreeing personal terms."

If Green arrives - West Ham had previously shown strong interest in Newcastle's second-choice Steve Harper - the manager Alan Pardew will turn his attention to securing a right-sided midfielder. He remains keen to land Blackburn Rovers' Brett Emerton but faces stiff competition from Middlesbrough as the Australian wants the guarantee of first-team football while interest has been re-kindled in Bayer Leverkusen's Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta.

West Ham have cooled on Fulham's Steed Malbranque, unless his excessive wage demands are significantly reduced, while Newcastle are reluctant to sell James Milner.

Portsmouth, meanwhile, were yesterday completing the signing of striker Kanu from West Bromwich Albion, while interestin Internazionale's Obafemi Martins is understood to have been put on hold.

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