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19 Agustus 2008

West Ham accept Ferdinand bid

West Ham United yesterday confirmed they have accepted an £8m bid from Sunderland for Anton Ferdinand but Roy Keane knows that persuading the central defender to move to Wearside may prove difficult.
Earlier this summer Newcastle were told West Ham would sell them the 23-year-old, who has declined an offer to extend his current contract at Upton Park. However, that green light was swiftly followed by an emphatic refusal on the part of Ferdinand to even consider relocating to Tyneside.
At that time, though, Aston Villa remained interested in him and, with Martin O'Neill having since looked elsewhere, Ferdinand's options are narrowing and he could be effectively forced to listen to what Keane has to say.
Sunderland's manager - who is able to offer transfer targets extremely lucrative salaries - has turned his attentions to Ferdinand after Sir Alex Ferguson's refusal to sell or loan him Jonny Evans from Manchester United and Younes Kaboul's decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Portsmouth rather than Wearside.
Keane also remains in the hunt for a left-back and a centre-forward. On Friday, he had a £9m bid for the striker Benni McCarthy turned down by Blackburn Rovers but may return with an improved offer.
Newcastle United remain in pursuit of Blackburn's left-back, Stephen Warnock, and are also hoping to sign Javier Saviola from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
The club's recruitment team of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere have spent more than a week endeavouring to finalise a deal for the Argentina striker. Wise and company are also hoping to persuade Real Mallorca to sell them another Argentinian forward, Oscar Trejo.