Defender’s £8 million move to Sunderland ‘out of my hands’ claims West Ham manager

There’s two things to note from this particular news story. Firstly (and most obviously), just how crazy are Sunderland going with their summer spending? Their 2-1 win at White Hart Lane must have been pleasing for manager Roy Keane, especially after many of his new acquisitions played a vital part in ensuring victory, not least Djibril Cisse who scored the winner.

The Press Association reports that the Black Cats’ manager won’t stop ’til he gets enough, and that they are on the verge of wresting Anton Ferdinand away from West Ham for the princely sum of £8 million. However, it also appears that the decision to sell the central defender is not something that manager Alan Curbishley has had too much consultation about. Is this evidence of disharmony among the ranks or perhaps just a sign that the Hammers need to sell players to balance the books?

Curbishley, whose team lost 3-0 in the Barclays Premier League at Manchester City on Sunday, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The board have accepted the bid – he’s not renegotiated his contract – and the decision was taken out of my hands.”

He added: “I don’t know where Anton is in terms of signing for Sunderland – but once the club accept the bid it moves on.”

Ferdinand’s current contract is set to end in 2010 and Curbishley insisted only three days ago the brother of Manchester United captain Rio was part of his plans for the Hammers.

West Ham fans, are you concerned at the board selling one of your best players to a Premier League rival, have the alarm bells started ringing? Or do you think this would be a good piece of business and enable the Hammers to bring in a quality player or two for the funds they receive from Sunderland?

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