Allardyce quashes ex-Hammer return rumour

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West Ham United have rubbished speculation linking them with a move for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge reports talkSPORT.

The 31-year-old full-back has been left out of Citizens boss Roberto Mancini's 25-man squad for the first half of the Barclays Premier League campaign, and so has been forced to look for first-team football away from the Etihad Stadium.

Bridge spent the second half of last season on loan at Upton Park, but Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out a return for the former England international.

"We are full up now," he said. "We have filled our squad with all the players we need for the time being and we have a squad that is good and has strength in depth."


After Mancini revealed he would be happy for Bridge to drop down into the Npower Championship, it was perhaps an obvious option that the player could return to West Ham - a club fighting at the top end of the second-tier, looking to orchestrate an immediate return to the top-flight.

But Allardyce is happy with the Hammers business that has been conducted in the summer transfer window, and having moved to bring in another former West Ham star in the left-back position, in George McCartney - Bridge's return to east London has been ruled out.

Wayne Bridge
West Ham United

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