Are we due some money for a change?
WEST HAM will hit the FA with a £10.5million writ in the war over Dean Ashton.
The Hammers are to hand legal papers to a QC as they step up their compensation battle with the game’s governing body over the striker’s enforced retirement.
Ashton had to pack up last year because of a chronic ankle injury and West Ham believe it stems from the break he suffered at England training ahead of a clash with Greece in August 2006.
They are suing the FA for the £8m insurance he had with them at the time plus the £2.5m payout from the club when he was forced to call it a day in December 2009, aged just 26.
Ashton had two operations but played around 40 more games for West Ham and was even awarded a new five-year contract.
West Ham chose the eve of tonight’s Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester United to take the next step against the FA, who have so far refused demands for compensation.
Now the stand-off is heading for the courtroom in a bitter club v country row.
West Ham are also considering their position with regard to the solicitors who advised them in the Carlos Tevez affair.
Sheffield United successfully claimed around £25m in damages for being relegated as West Ham stayed up with the ineligible Argentinian in the side. It will be another three years before the full amount is paid off.
Meanwhile, West Ham’s newest recruit Victor Obinna reckons he is fired up to stick five past in-form United in tonight’s clash.
The Nigerian striker, on loan from Inter Milan, is taking heart from scoring his first Premier League goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wigan to add to two in the Carling Cup – and he has no fear of United.
Obinna said: “It’s not scary to me. That’s football. Anything can happen. I could score five – of course. That’s football.
“We’ve played against big clubs already. We played against Arsenal, we lost 1-0. We played against Tottenham and won 1-0. Of course we can change things.
“The Carling Cup has brought me good tidings. Unlike the Premier League. So I can continue my run in the Carling Cup.”
West Ham go into the tie bottom of the Premier League.
Obinna said: “We’ve been playing well but been unfortunate. Football is all about results.
“If we had been getting results, the fans wouldn’t be saying what they’ve said. But the fans have the right to say whatever they want.
“It motivates me more. Sometimes you can’t listen to what people say. You just have to take the positive ones and leave the rest and move ahead.
“When I leave the pitch, I want to leave with my head held high knowing I have given my best.
“You can see that with all the players. They have been giving 100 per cent. Everyone.”