Tuesday, June 24, 2008

West Ham Want £8 Million for Ferdinand

Yesterday The Daily Mail made up the story that West Ham were asking for £8 million for Anton Ferdinand. In fact, what they said was that West Ham did not want to sell Ferdinand to Sp~rs or Villa but wouldn't turn down £8 million.

The story has today been taken up by nearly every other news source as if it is fact. The story has even been embellished slightly today with the reporting that West Ham don't want to let Anton go but his agent "hasn't been in looking for a new contract so they may be forced to sell".

The last news I can find about Ferdinand's contract is from July 2005 when it was reported he had signed a three year deal. If he has signed no new deal since then West Ham won't be asking for £8 million - because he will be available on a free.


At 1:52 PM, Anonymous West_Ham said...


Ferdinand signed an extension to his contract in 2005 when his old contract did not necessarily run out.

So he probably has a year or two left on his current contract.

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Chris // NYC Hammers said...

He renewed for three years in July 2005, which means his contract expires between June 30th and July 30th.

This just confuses me more.

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said...

i am sorry, please forgive me, but, is the player really worth that much?

could WHU actually get that much for him?

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous West_Ham said...

I think if Villa were willing to pay £9m for NRC and Young then there is no reason why Ferdinand wouldn't be worth £8m. He is the next rising star for the England squad (if he concentrates on his football more than going clubbing) so we are entitled to put a big price tag on him.

Are we still confused about how contract renewals work? A few years left on a contract, it's extended by a further three years in 2005 thus his contract does not expire this year. Simple. :-S

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can understand why some mite question whether we can get 8 mio for him, as we re all aware of his off-the -pitch problems over the years. But I agree that given his young age,and given his degree of athleticism ,we re entitled to a figure like that . Perhaps O neill or another manager get more out of him, and make headway in chnaging his attitude on and off the pitch.
If that happens, so be it... I d have no regrets .

I think in the end a sale for 8 mio wud be very good business for WHU. Even a figure of 6 or 7 i think wud still be very useful to us. I think it s time to move Ferdinand on ,as it hasn t worked out with him in terms of consistency and attitude. I think more than anything, the club needs committed players with a very professional attitude. We need more players like Scott Parker or Mark Noble in that respect ,and fewer like Ferdinand. Ferdinand to ne respresents the last vestige of a group of players who underperformed in 2006-2007 ,and nearly cost us our Premier League status . There simply shud be no room at West Ham United for players with attitudinal problems,if the club is to become a consistent top 6/top 7 side any time soon.

g portugal


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