Date: 1st June 2014 at 2:13pm
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Stiffening up the defence could be one of the aims that Sam Allardyce has this summer.

If so it`s no surprise that West Ham United Football Club are being linked with the acquisition of a player who has, rather surprisingly, been released by his club.

Those who control affairs at the Hawthorns have decided not to take up the option to extend the contract of Liam Ridgewell and the player is now a free agent.

Ridgewell, still only 29 years of age, has made over 300 Premier League appearances, including 33 for West Bromwich Albion last season.

As for potential rivals for his signature, the consensus of opinion is that Everton are in the mix as well.