West Ham move for Man United striker Berbatov after Carroll bid rebuffed
06:39 GMT, 17 July 2012
West Ham are ready to offer Dimitar Berbatov an escape route from his Manchester United misery.
The Hammers have switched their
attention to the Bulgarian striker after their bid to sign Andy Carroll was rebuffed by the Liverpool forward, reports the Daily Mirror.
Time to say goodbye: Dimitar Berbatov is looking to leave Manchester United this summer
Berbatov, 31, has revealed his desire to quit the Reds in search of regular first-team football next season.
But United have taken out an option
to extend his contract by another 12 months in the hope of landing a fee
for the 5m-rated striker.
West Ham would prefer a season-long loan and believe former Spurs hitman Berbatov would be tempted by a return to London.
On the bench: Berbatov was not used a lot by Manchester United last season
Signed for 30m from Spurs four years ago, Berbatov hit 14 goals in his first season at United and 12 in his second.
In his third, he rattled in 20 Premier League goals to share the Golden Boot with Carlos Tevez of Manchester City.
However, the emergence of both Danny
Welbeck and Javier Hernandez at United, has since seen Berbatov
restricted to a bit-part player.