West Ham United bag Middlesbrough’s Gary O’Neil

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MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Gary O’Neil is set to join Premier League basement boys West Ham in a cut-price £1.5million deal.

O’Neil will sign a two-and-a-half year deal at Upton Park and become the second of Boro’s high earners to leave the Riverside, following David Wheater’s move to Bolton Wanderers.

A club statement said: “Boro have accepted an undisclosed bid from West Ham for Gary O’Neil.

“The Hammers have been given permission to discuss personal terms with the former Portsmouth man.”

Striker Kris Boyd is another who could be leaving the Riverside, with Rangers said to be preparing a loan move to take the Scotland striker back to Ibrox.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray could reinforce his squad though with the capture of Bayern Munich centre-half Maximilian Haas, the skipper of the club’s reserve side.

Former Sunderland striker El Hadji-Diouf could follow O’Neil to east London within the next 24 hours.

But the Hammers will reportedly have to pay a fee for the controversial Senegalese player, who has 18 months left on his contract at Blackburn Rovers.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has told Liverpool they will need to pay more than £12million to land midfielder Charlie Adam, who handed in a transfer request yesterday.

Bolton are said to have joined the chase for Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, with Fulham and Newcastle also interested.

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard has been linked with a reunion with Ipswich boss Paul Jewell, who signed him for Wigan in 2003.

Birmingham’s beanpole striker Nicola Zigic could be on his way back to Spanish outfit Racing Santander.

Manchester United are said to have made a late bid to scupper Arsenal’s move for 17-year-old Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.