West Ham are set for a massive summer transfer window, which could mean a few players will be on their way out of the club next season.
The end of the season is near, which means the summer transfer window is fast approaching as well – and West Ham need some more recruitment.
The Hammers have had an excellent season so far, but we also have the smallest squad in the league. After failing to bring in back-up for some key positions in January, David Moyes will want to make sure the club empties its pockets this time around.
However, in order for that to happen, we may have to let some players go to raise funds for new signings. Therefore, we take a look at three players West Ham should sell before the start of next season…
Our second most expensive signing in club history (£36m), looks set to be departing the club when he returns home from his loan spell with Porto.
Ever since he joined the Portuguese outfit, the 27-year-old has struggled to make an impact. He has only started one league game for them this season and is yet to score for the club.
His time at West Ham started off well but a string of poor performances last season saw him lose the trust of Moyes. Anderson still has really good potential and could be a fantastic player, but he is approaching the peak of his career.
From a West Ham perspective, the club do not need his services anymore. It may be best to off-load him now before his value decreases, and use the money to invest in a position that is lacking in squad depth.
West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko is the only player on this list that is still currently in the first team. He has often operated as a bench player this season, coming on and making an impact, but he is now suffering from a knee injury that could keep him out for the rest of the campaign.
The Ukraine international has been one of our better signings of late, but his recent performances has decreased his value in the side.
The 31-year-old has only started one league game this season and has only scored 10 goals for the club in 53 appearances – often struggling to get a good run of form going.
Yarmolenko is not getting any younger and, like Anderson, it may be best to cash in on him while we still can. Although he has been a good squad player for us, it is time that we begin to look at younger and hungrier players with a long-term future at West Ham.
One last player West Ham should sell is club hero Winston Reid, who is currently out on loan with Championship side Brentford. After arriving there in January, the 32-year-old has made seven appearances.
However, his future at West Ham has been in question ever since his serious knee injury two years ago. Reid was once a vital member of the squad but hasn’t played for us since 2018, which suggests he is no longer a preferred choice.
Moyes has four solid centre-backs at his disposal right now, as well as 22-year-old Frederick Alves – who has impressed in training. While Reid is most certainly a fan favourite, it is hard to see where he fits back in this current Hammers team.
It would be kinder to sell Reid this summer so that he can play as much as he can before retirement. He will always be part of the claret and blue family, but this summer might be the right time to say goodbye – and hopefully in front of 60,000 applauding fans.