Hammers plot deal for veteran stopper.
West Ham United are set to offer veteran Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand a one year deal to re-join the club over the summer.
CaughtOffside understands that the defending champions are reluctant to offer the former England international an extension on his current deal that expires at the end of the season after a series of injuries as well as his advancing years have kept him out of the side so far.
United boss David Moyes is known to be in the market for a new centre back during the January transfer window, having already been linked with the likes of Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay, and as he continues to fall behind Johnny Evans and Phill Jones at the heart of the defence, the writing could well be on the wall that his time with the club is up.
Ferdinand managed to secure himself a one year-deal to keep him at Old Trafford this season, but so far he has featured only 10 times across all competitions and it is believed that David Moyes is looking to usher out the members of the old guard in order to rebuild and remould the squad to fit in with his vision for the future.
However, salvation may arrive for the 35-year-old in the shape of former club West Ham United, who are ready to offer him a one-year deal to bring him back to Upton Park.
Manager Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster his squad and feels that the player’s links with the club may help persuade him to sign on for a swan song where his career began.
Ferdinand made his debut for the Hammers back in 1995-96 and went on to make 157 appearances for them before leaving to join Leeds United in 2001.
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