Sunday, 3 June 2007

Hammers after Richardson

West Ham are reportedly set to make a bid for Manchester United winger Kieron Richardson.

The 22-year-old has endured a frustrating season at Old Trafford after turning down a permanent deal with West Brom last summer to try and become a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.

Richardson dazzled in a loan spell with the Baggies during the 2005-06 campaign and even forced his way into the England squad.

But his decision to stay at United backfired badly last season, as he fell behind Gabriel Heinze and Patrice Evra in the left-back slot - and failed to dislodge Ryan Giggs from his left-wing berth.

Richardson shone in a central midfield role at The Hawthorns, and the Sun reports that it is his versatility that appeals to Hammers boss Alan Curbishley as well as a number of other top-flight managers.

His first-team chances suffered a further setback this week when Ferguson all-but wrapped deals for midfield trio Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves.

And the United boss may be happy to cash in on him as he bids to generate transfer funds for a new striker.

Former Red Devils defender Steve Bruce is believed to be keen on luring Richardson to Birmingham, and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has money to burn and feels the United star could form a lethal left-sided partnership with Matt Taylor at Fratton Park.

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