West Ham are not looking to sell players in January despite spending over £100m in the summer window, according to Claret & Hugh.
Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure at West Ham started with a vast spending spree that saw the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson arrive for a total of over £100m but the Hammers do not need to balance the books.
Claret & Hugh states that West Ham’s plan was to have at least two strong options in each position and, as such, there is currently nobody that remains in the squad that the Hammers are looking to offload in the New Year.
That means exits for the likes of Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio and Pedro Obiang appear to be off the cards, although this could be impacted by Pellegrini’s own activity in January.
While the report states that there is no new names on the list of players West Ham want to offload, it specifically points out that both Jordan Hugill and Edimilson Fernandes could still depart as their loan deals include first refusal clauses.
Hugill returned to the Championship to join promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough and has so far made three appearances for the club, failing to find the net, while Fernandes has featured twice in Serie A for Fiorentina.
Both players are deemed to be surplus to requirements but permanent exits in January are still unlikely as their loan deals run until the end of the season.
Yes, certainly. Pellegrini is likely to dip into the market once again to freshen up his squad in January and, assuming the focus of having two strong players in each position is kept to, then it’s likely any new arrivals will lead to departures.
Rotation has already been crucial to Pellegrini’s side in the early stages of the season though, as WhoScored data shows all the fit senior players in the squad have played at least once so far in the Premier League.
Whether that remains to be the case in the coming months though remains to be seen as West Ham may settle into a more established XI if they can build a run of form, having ended their winless streak against Everton last time out.