West Ham want Tottenham striker Ferdinand

LONDON: West Ham manager Glenn Roeder said yesterday he hoped to complete the signing of Tottenham’s Les Ferdinand to bolster their relegation battle. 

Roeder hoped to have Ferdinand in his squad for today’s trip to Charlton after West Ham were given permission to talk to the Spurs striker. 

The 36-year-old Ferdinand has struggled to find a place in the Tottenham first team this season following Glenn Hoddle’s purchase of Robbie Keane from Leeds. 

However, the 17-times capped former England international is seen as an ideal front-man to help the Hammers’ fight against relegation. 

“We are hopeful of getting a deal done,” Roeder said. “There has been a breakthrough and we feel positive of a favourable result.” 

Ferdinand joined Spurs in 1997 from Newcastle United for six million pounds and had his most productive spell at White Hart Lane last season with 15 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions. 

However, he has made just five starts this season, scoring twice. 

Tottenham, meanwhile, were expected to make a move for Bolton’s Michael Ricketts after Wanderers agreed to listen to offers for the 24-year-old striker. 

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the interests of all parties are best served by me continuing my career away from Bolton,” Ricketts said. 

“The interest shown in me by Tottenham and other Premiership clubs has been flattering.” 

The striker, who has a single England cap, has been the subject of much speculation since the transfer window re-opened on New Year’s Day, with Tottenham known to have expressed an interest. 

Ricketts has recently rediscovered his goalscoring touch, netting four times in his last six games after a disappointing start to the season. – AFP 

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