Ferdinand close to long awaited United return

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Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand could be on the verge of re-joining West Ham United, The Daily Mirror.

The 26-year-old has made 24 appearances for the Black Cats since his £8 million move from the Hammers in 2008.

But Ferdinand has stalled on a new contract, and with West Ham looking to re-build this summer, and with Matthew Upson potential on his way out and the prospect of walking out of the Olympic Stadium at the start of the 2012/13 season, the England under-21 international may be tempted to make the move back.

Despite the plethora of defenders in his squad, Avram Grant's side have conceded 49 goals in 30 Barclays Premier League games and are in dire need of some fresh legs in their back-four, especially if Upson eventually moves on.


Ferdinand is no longer guaranteed a starting birth at the Stadium of Light, and although Steve Bruce's men are above the Hammers in the league, a move back to West London would help to re-ignite his career.

Like his brother Rio, Ferdinand started his professional career at West Ham, and was highly tipped for a regular England spot until his departure from the club three years ago.

Since, his brother has won the Champion league and several League titles, while Ferdinand has been phased out of the first-team by Bruce.

The defender has been linked with a move back to United ever since he joined Sunderland, with former manager Gianfranco Zola reportedly close to signing him just 12 months after his departure in the summer of 2009.

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