Football FanCast Exclusive: West Ham prepared for quiet January transfer window

West Ham are not currently planning on selling any first-team players this month, but they are open to the departure of striker Andy Carroll, according to Football FanCast sources.

The club run the risk of losing Carroll on a free at the end of the season when his current contract expires, and would rather recoup a fee for the striker.

What’s the word?

Carroll, who has again struggled with injury this season, would like to move to MLS, and the club would willingly negotiate with any interested party, at home or abroad.

The Hammers are also aware of interest in Lucas Perez from Spain, with Real Betis interested in securing the signature of the former Arsenal striker.

Sources have told FFC that the club are not in a position where they need to sell Perez, and value his contributions as a back-up striker.

The Spaniard has yet to play 90 minutes in the Premier League thus far this season, but he has scored two goals, both coming in a 3-1 win over Cardiff City, in a total of 10 appearances.

With Javier Hernandez still injured and Carroll only just back to full fitness, Manuel Pellegrini does not want to be left short up front.

Pellegrini is keen to retain Perez for the remainder of the season, but should Hernandez return to fitness and get back on the goal trail, sources have conceded that there may be a rethink surrounding the future of the 30-year-old prior to the end of the January transfer window.

It is unlikely that both Carroll and Perez would leave the club in the same month.

Any incomings?

Meanwhile, the club are relaxed about the prospect of not signing any more players this January after the arrival of free agent Samir Nasri.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder joined the club on a free transfer this month, having already trained with his team-mates in a bid to keep up his fitness.

Nasri made his debut in the FA Cup victory over Birmingham City – a game in which Perez spent the entire 90 minutes on the bench – and Pellegrini is understood to be happy with the make-up of his squad.

Gary Medel has been touted as a potential addition and the Irons do hold an interest in the midfielder, but there has been little activity regarding a potential bid.

The club denied in December that they had tabled a bid of around £6m for Medel, and instead believe that he would cost around half the figure mentioned.

Nevertheless, the Irons remain calm and do not intend to rush into a deal, with talks currently not believed to be a priority.

Indeed, were the Chilean to arrive, he would merely serve as back-up to the impressive Declan Rice.

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