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Ireland, who sit second in their World Cup qualifying group, host Cyprus this Wednesday in what looks a fairly straight forward task.

Zabeel Investments, the company who have lodged a bid to buy Charlton Athletic, have dismissed claims they are interested in purchasing West Ham United.

Reports at the weekend suggested the Dubai-based group had turned their attention to the Premier League club after Hammers owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson’s suffered in the financial turmoil engulfing his native Iceland.

Gudmundsson was a major shareholder in Iceland’s second-biggest bank, Landsbanki, before it was nationalised last week.

That led to suggestions that Gudmundsson could be forced to sell the club, but Zabeel maintained they were not interested in buying the Hammers.

In a statement released to PA Sport, a Zabeel spokesperson said: “There is no truth to media reports that Zabeel Investments made an approach to West Ham Football Club yesterday.

“Zabeel Investments has not approached any club since it made an indicative offer for Charlton Athletic last Friday, nor has it authorised any approach on its behalf.

“Zabeel Investments is currently in the due diligence phase of its offer to Charlton Athletic and it is therefore inappropriate to comment further at this stage”.

Ireland, who sit second in their World Cup qualifying group, host Cyprus this Wednesday in what looks a fairly straight forward task.

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