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Ferdinand future hangs in the balance

PUBLISHED: 11:32 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG ANTON Ferdinand s West Ham future was clouded in doubt this week amid conflicting reports over a possible move to Spurs. Rumours were rife that a £6million deal was close to completion yesterday as the Hammers prepared to offload the d

By JONATHAN CLEGG

ANTON Ferdinand's West Ham future was clouded

in doubt this week amid conflicting reports over a possible move to Spurs.

Rumours were rife that a £6million deal was close to completion yesterday as the Hammers prepared to offload the defender as part of an overhaul of the first-team squad at Upton Park.

Ferdinand has been on Tottenham's wanted list for the past two years and was thought to be heading to White Hart Lane following suggestions that he had already told friends that he was planning to make the switch.

With doubts persisting over the future of Ledley King, Ramos was thought to be ready to sign Ferdinand, having failed to land Manchester City's Richard Dunne.

West Ham were willing to sanction Ferdinand's exit after indicating that they are open to offers for the defender, as revealed in last week's Advertiser.

But Spurs officials have rubbished reports that a move for Ferdinand is imminent, leaving the former England Under-21 international in limbo.

Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is desperate to sell the player as he attempts to cut the club's wage bill this summer.

Yet Tottenham are the only team to show interest in Ferdinand - and appear unwilling to do business.

The impasse could force West Ham to lower their asking price for the defender or accept a player-exchange deal.

Curbishley is thought to be interested in Tottenham trio Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon - and the two clubs had discussed a possible swap involving Ferdinand and Lennon.

England international Lennon has failed to impress Ramos since the Spaniard's arrival at White Hart Lane and has dropped out of the England reckoning since Fabio Capello took charge of the national team.

But Curbishley is eager to sign the former Leeds winger following the departure of Nolberto Solano last week.

The Hammers will have to resolve the issue of Ferdinand's future within the coming weeks or risk creating a rift with the defender.

The club were quick to dismiss speculation linking Dean Ashton and Freddie Ljungberg with Upton Park exits this summer, but have remained conspicuously silent concerning Ferdinand's future.


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