The season may be reaching its business end but that does not stop the transfer rumours coming thick and fast – both the believable and the more fanciful.
One that falls firmly in the latter category is one we read this morning from CaughtOffside, who have published an “exclusive” claiming West Ham United are keen on signing Manchester United pair Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick.
The arrival of the two ex-Hammers would be a major coup, but we think this one is destined for our Transfer Bin.
Ferdinand’s future remains unclear, with his current deal soon to expire and an extension yet to be agreed. But if the 35-year-old does leave Old Trafford in the summer – which is a distinct possibility given his age and the likelihood of summer arrivals – a move abroad seems far more likely.
There have been previous suggestions that Ferdinand would consider a lucrative switch to the MLS, and that appears a far more likely short-term solution for a player who will not want to hang up his boots just yet.
Carrick is another matter entirely. While his current United deal expires in the summer of 2015, he has the option of a one-year extension, meaning there is no urgency to tie him down to a new contract.
Carrick has played 34 games for United this season, and while that has been something of a necessity given the lack of additional midfield quality in David Moyes’ side, the England international continues to impress.
Yes, his form has dipped at times this season, but given the pressure on him to be United’s standout midfielder that is no surprise.
When new faces arrive this summer, they will not be to replace Carrick – who remains an integral part of United’s team – but to supplement him and to allow squad rotation.
If anyone should fear new arrivals at Old Trafford it is Marouane Fellaini not Carrick. And for that reason along with many others, we have tucked the rumour of the pair heading to West Ham into the Transfer Bin.