According to the Telegraph, Aston Villa are ready to let ex England winger Stephen Warnock sign for West Ham on a free transfer as they look to cut their wage bill. The 31 year old is on reported weekly wages of £40,000 and the Midlands side are keen to cut their losses with a player who they see as being past his best. Championship sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United have made inquiries about the player but the lure of remaining in the Premier League makes the Hammers Warnock's preferred destination, and the ex Liverpool man is expected to have talks with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce today. Villa boss Paul Lambert has made it clear to Warnock that he does not fit into his first team plans as the Glaswegian continues with his controversial policy of youth development; a policy that has thus far seen the Villains knocked out of both cup competitions by lower division side and landed in serious relegation trouble. Despite Warnock's age, this could well be a good signing for us and the change of scene may well be the kick up the backside the player needs, to rediscover the form that once saw him touted as the natural solution to England's problems on the left flank.
By Alex Shilling