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Aston Villa man rejects West Ham as Leeds hover

Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
3:32 PM

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce today revealed West Ham’s plans to bring in left-back Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa have been derailed, as the 31-year-old now looks set to join Leeds instead.

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The West Ham boss has been desperate to strengthen his defence this January, and wanted Warnock to follow Emanuel Pogatetz’s arrival.

“Stephen we thought was a goer yesterday, but we had another club in the Championship make him a longer-term offer, which he has accepted,” said Allardyce.

“Ours was more a short-term offer with a view to a further and longer deal, but at the end of the day he chose the more secure one.

“That was a lot of hard work which went to waste yet again. You constantly waste your time because 99% of the time you don’t get what you want.

“We have been looking for a defender since late December and it has taken until this week to get Emanuel Pogatetz in.”

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