West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has made his desire to bring Manchester United defender back to Upton Park.
Ferdinand, who turns 34, next month, started his career with West Ham before making a switch to Leeds United in 2002. The England defender was with Leeds for two years before United manager Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Old Trafford in 2002.
The West Ham manager has ruled out any possibility of signing the player in January as the player has yet to start the talks regarding his new contract before the current contract ends this summer.
Allardyce is looking for a summer transfer if United fail to give a new deal to the former England defender and if Ferdinand wants to leave the Old Trafford outfit.
“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” Allardyce said.
“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 where 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” Allardyce went on to add.
Ferdinand’s situation is also tracked by Major League Soccer clubs Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls. United manager Ferguson would like to get this matter resolved before it goes out of hands and it’s more likely that former Engalnd Defender will sign a new deal with his current Employers.854315