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Rio Ferdinand makes bold offer to West Ham - report

By Amir Mir

Rio Ferdinand has offered his services to West Ham as a defensive coach, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim the former England international is willing to help the Hammers after their recent struggles, which saw them lose 5-1 to Arsenal on Saturday evening.

Slaven Bilic’s side are one point and one place above the relegation zone as they have now conceded 29 goals in 14 Premier League game – only rock bottom Swansea have conceded more.

Ferdinand, 38, came through the ranks at the east London club making 131 appearances for the Irons, before moving to Leeds and then playing for Manchester United, where he lifted the Premier League title on six occasions.

He also represented England on 81 occasions and the former centre-back is regarded as one of the best players to have graced the Premier League turf.

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Despite the bold offer to West Ham, Ferdinand does not have formal coaching experience and has been working as a TV pundit since his retirement from playing.

If he were to join the Hammers coaching staff then he will work with the likes of James Collins, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and academy product Reece Oxford, who has been likened to Ferdinand.

After the defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, Bilic stated that he was left “humiliated” by the loss as reports now claim he is set to hold crunch talks with board members on Monday.

In other West Ham news, aside from Dimitri Payet, this Hammers player can save Slaven Bilic.