Filed: Saturday, 10th September 2011
By: Staff Writer
Herita Ilunga could be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after it was revealed that West Ham were interested in bringing back Wayne Bridge on loan.
The former England international was a £10million signing for Manchester City just two years ago but failed to nail down a first team spot at the CoMS. Bridge spent the latter half of the 2010/11 campaign at the Boleyn Ground and is available for loan once again.
A 'Hammers source' told ESPN tonight that West Ham had made enquiries into the 31-year-old's availability, but that any move depended on the player's desire to drop a division in order to feature in the Championship.
News of interest in re-signing Bridge - combined with Sam Allardyce's decision to keep faith with George McCartney, despite the Irishman still being short of full match fitness - almost certainly means that Ilunga's days as a first team player are numbered.
The Congolese defender - whose four-year contract with the Hammers runs until summer 2013 - was reported to have refused to accept a loan move to Celtic during the recent transfer window.
Sam Allardyce is understood to have been keen to offload Ilunga - who was left out of today's 16-man squad - having been disappointed by a string of poor performances by the 29-year-old in the opening games of the season.
The left-back had only just won his place back in the side having been given a second chance by Allardyce following his omission from Avram Grant's 25-man squad for the latter half of the 2010/11 Premier League campaign.
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by Edward Cunningham
09:45AM 13th Sep 2011
''The only way we should even consider Bridge is if city are paying all or most of his obscene wages. Let's not forget on his debut for us last season he was at fault for all three goals and he never really shone beyond that.
Ilunga looked good against Cardiff but then went back into his usual poor form.
As soon as McCartney is fully fit we'll forget all about Bridge and Ilunga.''
by Jubes Medina
01:23PM 11th Sep 2011
''I don't think Bridge would add any quality to our team. Once McCartney is match fit he'll be a match for the aging Bridge. Besides, we've now got Demel and a couple of other players who can play there in the event of an emergency. I think we should stick to our full backs for now, fingers crossed we'll be promoted and next summer we can look for a young long term prospect. Bridge will only add to our wage bill.
by g portugal
08:13AM 11th Sep 2011
''Ilunga's days are numbered ,with or without Bridge. Except that we cannot find anyone to offload him to. Bridge is simply not worth the money. Is he that much better than McCartney to warrant paying him a multiple of Mccartney's wages? No. The club's financial situation is well documented. The last thing that we need is to ramp up the wage bill.''
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