Hammers near O'Neil signing

West Ham are set to bolster their squad for the fight against relegation by bringing in Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil and Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba.

Middlesbrough last night accepted an undisclosed offer for O'Neil and confirmed they have given the Hammers permission to talk to the 27-year-old.

A statement from the Championship side read: "Boro have accepted an undisclosed bid from Premier League club West Ham for midfielder Gary O'Neil."