Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge is set to re-join West Ham on loan having spent the second half of last season at Upton Park.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to see Bridge return, but the Championship outfit are reportedly unwilling to pay his £80,000-a-week wages following their relegation.
Bridge, 31, no longer features in Roberto Mancini’s plans at the Etihad Stadium, and the club are now ready to off-load him, but may be forced to subsidise his wages.
The former Chelsea man has seen his first team opportunities all but disappear following the arrival of Gael Clichy, with Aleksandar Kolarov also ahead of him in the battle for a place in the City starting line-up.
A source at West Ham told ESPNsoccernet: “The player may decide not to go. We shall have to wait and see. But West ham actually paid all his wages last year. If he is not in their 25 man squad they’ll take anything they can get for him now.”