Chicago Fire set to tempt Rio with bid

Chicago Fire are lining a stunning bid for Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand according to the Daily Mail as they strive to match Major League Soccer rivals LA Galaxy.

The Americans have identified Ferdinand as they man they hope will allow them to compete with Galaxy who have seen their global appeal rise in the last four years after signing David Beckham.

He is out of contract next year and the MLS club are confident they will be able to convince the him to leave the Premier League and finish his career across the pond.

Fire are drawing up plans to make the 32-year-old the highest paid player at the club with the lower US tax rates allowing him to pick up a similar £120,000-a-week deal to the one he is currently on at Old Trafford.

The England defender has struggled with injuries in the last three years and has been left out of the England squad to face Montenegro in the final Euro 2012 qualifier.

Ferdinand still has aspirations of making it into Fabio Capello’s squad for next summers Championships but faces stiff competition from the likes Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka along with club mates Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

It’s thought he is aware of interest from America but could have other options should he choose to leave United with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp monitoring his situation.