West Ham Confirm Interest In Signing Man United Veteran Rio Ferdinand

Upton Park side want to reunite with Old Trafford centre-back.

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Rio Ferdinand could be offered a dramatic return to West Ham this summer – according to boss Sam Allardyce.

The defender, who has yet to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, could be available on a free transfer at the end of the season with the Hammers keen to lure the player back to east London.

The Hammers are no strangers to launching extravagant bids having tried to sign Carlos Tevez on loan from Manchester City while in the Championship last season.

Allardyce also managed to convince Liverpool to give up their £35million signing by sending him down to London on a season-long loan after lengthy negotiations.

And while the Allardyce has ruled out an immediate move for Ferdinand, he insists a summer swoop for the defender remains a real possibility.

He said: “I think it’s highly unlikely that we would consider Rio Ferdinand at the moment.

“But if it’s at the end of the season and he hasn’t got a new contract and he is going to leave Manchester United then we would be interested if we can sustain our Premier League status. It depends entirely on Rio.

“The chairman likes to think big and it’s nice to have a chairman who thinks big.

“Everything has to be in place. If Rio wants to come back, the financial package and so on and so forth and whether they want to release him or not.

“If he wants to live back in London eventually, which is were he comes from, which is what quite a few players like to do before the end of their careers then that might be an advantage for us.”

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce would clearly like to see if happen but just how likely is a return to Upton Park for Man United defender Rio Ferdinand?

West Ham were linked with a fair few big name targets over the summer and whilst they failed in their reported pursuits of star turns like Guti and Alessandro Del Piero, Sam Allardyce did manage to lure Andy Carroll and Alou Diarra to boost his Upton Park squad and now he has set his sights on Man United centre back Rio Ferdinand.

Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson has apparently swiftly patched up his differences with Ferdinand over his decision to protest against the ‘Kick it Out’ campaign so publicly, there is still scope for a successful West Ham bid.

The 33 year old Old Trafford star is in the last year of his contract and could therefore leave Man United on a free transfer next summer and therefore any offer for Ferdinand’s services in January may well be considered.

The success of such a bid depends greatly on two factors. Firstly Sir Alex Ferguson has injury concerns over a number of defenders in his Man United squad. Currently Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are all sidelined with injuries.

This has led to Rio Ferdinand playing a more significant part in first team affairs than Ferguson may have planned. The second factor relates to whether the former West Ham and Leeds United man would be interested in a move back to his first club.

There has been a great deal of speculation about a possible move to the MLS on the completion of Ferdinand’s Man United career but the Peckham born defender may well feel he still has the ability to make an impact in the English top tier and could put the idea of a move to the United States on the back burner for a year or two.

There is no doubting that Ferdinand’s role in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team set-up is diminishing as the Scot looks to plan for the future, and therefore a move to West Ham could be tempting.

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