West Ham are pondering a move to re-sign Manchester United‘s Rio Ferdinand at the end of the season, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The ex-England international – who started his career with the Hammers – is set to be released by the Red Devils when his contract expires in a few months’ time.

Despite being a key man at Old Trafford for some years, Ferdinand is thought to be seen as surplus to requirements as the club set about a huge summer of transfer activity on the back of a disastrous 2013/14 campaign.

The 35-year-old is believed to be seen as an option by QPR if they secure promotion to the Premier League, but West Ham are lining up an emotional return for the defender who emerged from their academy in 1996.

Ferdinand is said to have an eye on returning to London after leaving the Irons in 2000 to sign for Leeds, and ending his career where it started may tempt him.

A number of MLS teams are thought to be willing to grant him the opportunity to play Stateside, yet the silky centre-back’s business interests un the UK may be enough to keep him on his current side of the Atlantic Ocean.