West Ham United are making a surprise move for released Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright.

The Daily Mail says the Hammers are in talks with Wright after he was surprisingly dumped by Ipswich boss Roy Keane.

West Ham's new owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, are willing to sell Robert Green in a bid to reduce the club's crippling £100million-plus debts and have made every player, except for Scott Parker, available for transfer.

Although Green's horrendous error to gift the USA an equaliser in the Group C opener may have seen his value diminish, the cash-strapped Hammers are clearly looking to replace him on the cheap and turn to Wright for a second time.

Wright, who left home-town club Ipswich for Arsenal in 2001 and then subsequently joined Everton, was signed by then manager Alan Curbishley three years ago but in just one season at Upton Park he made only three senior appearances, all of them in the League Cup, while Green was ever-present in the League.