West Ham star could be forced to retire
Published 23:00 14/01/10 By Darren Lewis Exclusive
West Ham midfielder Kieron Dyer is considering immediate retirement.
The luckless West Ham midfielder, 31, is believed to have confided to friends that he has had enough of his constant battle against injury.
If he follows through, he would be the second major star at troubled Upton Park to hang up his boots this season after striker Dean Ashton packed up last year.
Hugely popular Dyer, on £60,000-a-week, has played a total of just 18 times since signing for West Ham three years ago for £6million - costing the club £406,000-per-game.
He last played for the club on December 15 in the 1-1 draw against Bolton. Back then he lasted just 20 minutes before limping off with the latest in a succession of injuries which have blighted his career.
West Ham last night played down talk of Dyer packing up the game, insisting he remains on course for a return to training within the next two weeks.
But Mirrorsport understands that at least one club that has enquired about taking the former England star on loan this month has been turned away with the reason given that Dyer is considering his future.
Dyer has just one more season left on his West Ham contract and would have to come to an agreement with the club were either he, or they,to terminate prematurely.
Dyer endured a terrible start to his Upton Park career, suffering a double fracture of the right leg just three games in, during a League Cup tie at Bristol Rovers.
One of the most jinxed players the Premier League has ever seen, Dyer went on to miss the rest of the 2007-8 season and made his comeback 17 months later - in January 2009 - as a second half substitute against Barnsley in the FA Cup.
Even then, however, his injuries continued in May 2009 when he was ruled out with a hamstring injury. He returned in the first game of this season against Wolves but had problems with injuries after that game too.
Injuries kept him out of the Newcastle side for sections of the 2006/7 season and only three times in his career has Dyer made more than 30 appearances in one season - two of which were in the 1990's at Ipswich.