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West Ham are keen to take advantage of Michael Carrick’s contract stalemate at Manchester United, Football Insider sources understand.
Carrick’s former club have expressed an interest in signing the 34-year-old England international, whose current Old Trafford deal expires in the summer.
The midfielder has also attracted interest from clubs in the US, including LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, and could move to the MLS at the end of the season.
Speaking after United’s 1-0 Manchester derby win, Carrick claimed he had not yet been offered a contract extension by the Premier League giants.
“I haven’t heard anything just at the moment so I am not sure. Hopefully some time soon,” he told the media on Sunday evening. “I am not making a big deal of it, to be honest. I will just have to wait and see what happens. I am quite relaxed about it.”
Carrick has remained a key member of the team this season despite the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin last summer.
A United source has told Football Insider that manager Louis van Gaal has recommended that the club tie their second longest-serving player to a new deal.
Carrick has made it clear that he wants to carry on at Old Trafford.
“I have been here a long time, I have had some great times here and I love the club,” Carrick added.
“It’s a great place to play. Playing games like the derby, it keeps you having that buzz and enthusiasm to play for longer, so we will wait and see what happens.”
Carrick, who turns 35 in June, has made 33 appearances for United this season, 25 of which have been starts.
Van Gaal has predominantly rotated Carrick, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin between the two central midfield positions, bar a few run-outs for Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.
Carrick sustained an ankle injury on international duty in November but has generally stayed clear of serious injury this season.
Van Gaal and his assistant Ryan Giggs are big admirers of the veteran midfielder and want to extend his current £125,000-a-week deal, which expires at the end of June.
Carrick joined United from Tottenham for £18million in 2006 and his 10-year spell at Old Trafford is bettered among the current squad only by Wayne Rooney, who moved to the club 12 months earlier.
In other West Ham news, the club have completed a deal that could eventually be worth more than £29million.