Anton Ferdinand has reacted positively to competition for places in the Hammers' lineup

The 22 year old defender faces a battle with Matt Upson, Danny Gabbidon and James Collins for his favoured centre-back spot, but told The Dailly Star:

"I definitely want to stay at West Ham.

"I would not be at the club now if that was not the case.

"I am happy to fight because if you're not playing well, you know you are not going to be playing the following week.

"It will be tough for me to get into the team but that is what will make the club reach the heights that it deserves."