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London Calling: West Ham interested in Rio
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. Ferdinand, who turns 34 next month, began his career at Upton Park before making an £18million move to Leeds back in 2000 before switching to Manchester United two years later. 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.”
There is more transfer speculation in The Sun, which claims mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala plan to stun the Premier League by making a mega bid for Wayne Rooney. Asked if Anzhi might sign Rooney, team director Roberto Carlos said: “Why not? He’s one of the best players in the world and any team would be happy to have him in their squad. He’s still a very young player. Of course, I could not say when and if it will happen.”
Elsewhere, most of today’s papers commemorate the life of ex-Manchester United and Burnley player John Connelly, who sadly died on Thursday.