Curbishley was Young at heart, says assistant Day

Last updated at 12:38 05 October 2007

West Ham assistant manager Mervyn Day has revealed that he and Alan Curbishley tried twice unsuccessfully to sign Ashley Young from Watford.

Young was on the verge of signing for West Ham in January before moving to Villa Park for £9.65m following a last minute change of heart.

Ashley Young

The midfielder will be up against West Ham tomorrow and Day, speaking in the absence of Curbishley who is unwell, admitted: "We also tried to sign him when we were at Charlton. We tracked him for some time and I must have seen him a dozen times.

"He can play anywhere along the front, right or left-side midfield. He has a trick, he crosses with both feet, he's decent in the air and he can score goals."

The game is the only one which kicks-off at the traditional 3pm tomorrow and Day said: "I'm a bit of a traditionalist and I find it quite sad although we all take a lot of money from the TV companies."

West Ham will be without Craig Bellamy (groin) and Scott Parker (knee) at Villa Park.

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