West Ham’s work for the summer transfer window has already begun and the club have announced that two veterans will be leaving imminently.
The Hammers confirmed on their official website that James Collins and Patrice Evra will both leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.
Wales international Collins has given 11 years of service to the east London side over two different spells at the club but has struggled for fitness this season. Soon to be 35, the Hammers have elected to look for fresh recruits at the back.
In a statement, the club said:
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the outstanding service James has given West Ham United down the years.”
“His bravery and commitment on the pitch were never called into question and he has played his part in establishing the Club in the Premier League since his return in 2012.”
“We appreciate just how popular James is among our fellow supporters but, with the appointment of a new manager, we felt together that the time was right to go our separate ways.”
“It goes without saying that we wish James and his family every success in the future and they will always be welcome at London Stadium.”
Meanwhile, Evra signed a short-term deal to return to the Premier League in February after seeing his contract with Marseille cancelled after he clashed with a supporter and made just five appearances during his time with the club.