Aiyegbeni Yakubu says he never feared he had missed out on FA Cup glory when he quit English football for China in 2012.
Ryan Nelsen believes West Ham have issued a statement of intent by tying Winston Reid to a new deal.
Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin heads a list of four players released while contract talks with Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn are ongoing.
Gilmartin has made a total of seven starts for the Hornets since joining two years ago and enjoyed two loan spells this season with Yeovil and Crawley.
With his contract set to expire this summer, Gilmartin is deemed surplus to requirements at Vicarage Road along with defender Tom James, midfielder Chez Isaac and winger Michael Bryan.
Defender Taylor and midfielder McGinn, fit again after a long-term knee injury, also see their current deals expire next month but are in talks with the Championship club over fresh terms.