Sunderland defender claims West Ham United pulled plug on new deal

When Bobby Zamora left West Ham for Fulham earlier this summer, he claimed that it wouldn’t be the only departure from the club, with plenty of others to follow. Although there’s not been an exodus, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Hammers board are now strapped for cash – or at least unprepared to invest any more money into the club.

Indeed, selling Anton Ferdinand to a Premier League rival that you would hope to finish above is a damning indictment on West Ham’s lack of ambition. And the Daily Mail are now revealing that the club could have kept hold of the central defender but withdrew their offer of a new contract as soon as they heard Sunderland a calling.

After finally signing a four-year deal yesterday worth around £2.5m-a-year, Ferdinand disputed claims that West Ham did not want him to go.

‘I’d been offered a new deal by West Ham but when Sunderland came in with a bid that offer was withdrawn,’ he said.

West Ham were forced to publicly declare this week that Craig Bellamy was not for sale, after reports had linked him to Manchester City. However, all is clearly not well at the club and it could well be a season of struggle for the Hammers, rather than an attempt to improve on last season’s tenth place. Are you shocked by Ferdinand’s revelation or is it par for the course at Upton Park at the moment?

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