Stephen Warnock to complete move to Upton Park.
Aston Villa’s out-of-favour defender Stephen Warnock is to end his Villa Park hell by agreeing to join Premier League rivals West Ham.
England international full-back Warnock has not played for Aston Villa this season after being frozen out by manager Paul Lambert and left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad. He was sent out on loan to Bolton, but has been training with the youth team most recently.
And, according to the Sunday Telegraph, West Ham have offered 31-year-old Warnock, a product of the youth system at Liverpool, a route out of his Aston Villa hell and are expected to sign him on a free transfer in the coming days.
Championship sides Wolves and Leeds United had also wanted to sign Warnock, but it appears the pull of the Premier League will sway the defender to move to Upton Park.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has been desperate to bring in a left-back in the transfer window after losing George McCartney to injury and his young deputy Dan Potts after he suffered concussion last week against Arsenal.
West Ham’s defence crisis has also seen them lose centre-back James Collins, a former team-mate of Warnock’s at Aston Villa, to a hamstring injury.