Reports are surfacing that Aston Villa’s Steve Sidwell could be close to sealing a move to West Ham when the January transfer window opens next month. The 28-year-old has failed to make a real impact at Villa since arriving from Chelsea in 2008. The midfielder has struggled with injury during his two and a half years at the club but even when fully fit Sidwell found his chances limited under both Martin O’Neill and Gerard Houllier.

Sidwell’s contract at Villa Park is due to expire at the end of the current campaign and Villa have decided to cash in on the midfielder. An achilles injury has restricted Sidwell to a single Premier League start this season but he is closing in on a return to action and the football predictions suggest he could be making a move to back to London soon.

West Ham manager Avram Grant has been given funds by his board in a bid to add some much needed quality to the squad as they look to climb to safety. The Hammers have had a pretty disappointing first half to the campaign and find themselves propping up the table heading into the festive period and the football odds indicate they will have to fight for their Premier League lives in the coming weeks. The second half of the season is going to be a real battle for West Ham and they are going to need competitive players to aid the cause.

Sidwell’s talents in the middle of the park would be take some of the responsibility off the shoulders of Scott Parker. The captain has almost singlehandedly kept West Ham in a position where they are still able to stave off relegation but has looked tired in recent weeks due to the sheer workload he has to take on.

The Hammers midfield has been an unlucky place this season with both Thomas Hitzlsperger and Mark Noble missing large chunks of the campaign with injury. Sidwell has shown enough in his career to prove he has the ability to be a very good player at this level.

Since leaving Reading for the bright lights of Chelsea, Sidwell hasn’t been given a decent run of first team football. Should the deal go through, West Ham could pick up a very useful midfielder but they will need to give him a good run in the side to get the best out of him.

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