Hammers close in on Grant

Avram Grant looks set to be unveiled as the new manager of West Ham United in early June.

Grant moved a major step closer to joining the Hammers after stepping down as Portsmouth boss on Thursday evening.

The Upton Park club have been on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Gianfranco Zola at the end of a disappointing Premier League season.

Grant, whose stock has risen on the back of a turbulent campaign at crisis-club Pompey, was believed to be on a four-man short-list for the job.

However, the east London club have denied reports that the former Chelsea manager was set to be appointed before the weekend.

"West Ham United can confirm the club is making good progress in the search for a new manager and the appointment will be made by early June," read a club statement.

"The club is in the middle of a thorough selection process which could continue over the next 12 days before being finalised.

"The new manager will then have a month to prepare for the start of pre-season, with all at the club determined to improve on the previous campaign."

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