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Filed: Tuesday, 24th June 2008
By: Staff Writer

Anton Ferdinand could be the subject of a tug-of-war between Newcastle and Aston Villa, according to reports in today's tabloids.

West Ham United are reported to have placed a figure of 8 million on the head of the former academy trainee, whose place in the squad is under threat.

Alan Curbishley is said to have run out of patience with the young centre-half who was reprimanded last year after flying to the USA for a friend's party when he had claimed to be visiting a sick relative instead.

Ferdinand was also involved in a major court case a year ago from which he was later acquitted. Additionally he has suffered a number of injury problems this term.

An unnamed club source quoted in today's Daily Mail said:

"West Ham would not be interested in any figure under 8 million for Ferdinand. They certainly would not let him go for 6 million.

"They don't want Anton to go but his agent [Jeff Watson] has not been in looking for a new contract so something might happen."

Tottenham, who were previously linked with Ferdinand have dismissed rumours of possible interest leaving Villa and Newcastle as front-runners to land the younger brother of former Hammer Rio.

Villa specifically are in the market for a new central defender after losing Olaf Mellberg earlier in the summer.

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