Manchester United fans are familiar faces within the jolly halls of the Transfer Tavern, though our locals are watching some their own club stalwarts drop like flies. A situation only exacerbated by reports in the Sun linking decade long serving Michael Carrick with a return to former club West Ham.
The 34-year old is out of contract in the summer and has reportedly been left in the dark over whether or not he will be offered an extension on his deal at Old Trafford.
He’s no stranger to the West Ham way, having progressed through their famed academy before leaving to join London rivals Tottenham Hotspur back in 2004.
It was in North London where the England midfielder demonstrated the sort of form that attracted the attentions of Sir Alex Ferguson, who brought him to the Theatre of Dreams for around £18m back in 2006.
Since, the Geordie maestro has gone on to win five Premier League titles and the Champions League with the Red Devils, as well as the League Cup.
With his deal on the verge of completion in Manchester, moves to Everton and Newcastle United have been suggested in recent months.
However, it is claimed the Hammers have made tentative contact with the midfielder over a potential one year deal to come back to East London ahead of their seismic stadium move to the Olympic Park.
Manchester United fans – is it time to say goodbye to Carrick?