It has been revealed that former England captain Rio Ferdinand made a bid to save troubled Dulwich Hamlet, but was thwarted in his attempts.

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An article by Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent details the Manchester United legend’s bid to buy the club, which is based closed to where he grew up, in Peckham. The 39-year-old ex-West Ham United defender is a close friend of Dulwich boss Gavin Rose and he moved to try and save the financially-hit Bostik Premier Division side back in December, with a near-£10-million bid through his affordable housing company, Legacy Foundation, to buy their Champion Hill ground from owners Meadow Residential.

The shares in Dulwich Hamlet, currently owned by Nick McCormack, would be transferred over as part of the deal. However, the offer was turned down and Meadow are said to want over £13 million.

It was in early December that the club was told by Meadow that it would be evicted, with a reluctant signing of a licence to stay at Champion Hill meaning they could continue there for the rest of this season. The club are still in contention for promotion to the Vanarama National League South, but with no prospect of a resolution with Meadow and the denial of vital funds suffocating the club, The Hamlet are working with Southwark Council to find somewhere to play next season.

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