The Manchester United pair are likely to be surplus to Old Trafford requirements at the end of the season and be part of the major clear-out planned by manager David Moyes.
ClaretandHugh has learned exclusively that Ferdinand in particular is keen to have a swan song at the club which launched his career.
A well placed Upton Park source told us: “We are interested in both of them and the club’s understanding is that Rio would love to come back – the alternative may well be retirement!
“Michael has offers from America as most pros do at this stage of their career but he too is being discussed as a midfield option for us.”
Although Rio is now 35 and has suffered his share of injuries, notably to his lower back, and has to be nursed through games, he can still play at the very highest level as he has demonstrated this season in the Champions League.
And our source made it clear that a deal is now on the cards with the Hammers showing real interest in bringing him back ‘home.’
Carrick’s return at, 32 years old, may be slightly more tricky but with Joe Cole almost certainly on his way and others likely to be on their way as free transfers, the cash is available in the wage bill to make it happen.
Our source said: “Carrick is a possible and Rio may well be probable.”