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West Ham: David Moyes can ditch Angelo Ogbonna

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna could finally be on his way out of the club after recent reports linking him with a move abroad.

The Italian centre-back will see his contract expire at the end of the season following an eight-year stint at the London club, where he has played 212 matches across all competitions.

La Gazzetta Express have claimed that Ligue 1 side Marseille are interested in taking Ogbonna from West Ham during the January transfer window, with the French club looking to strengthen their defensive options ahead of the second half of the season.

Moyes can finally ditch Ogbonna

Realistically, it’s a move that makes complete sense for Moyes, with the 34-year-old currently earning £70k-per-week, and freeing up this sort of budget could allow the Scot to bring in someone who could form a key part of the future.

This season, Ogbonna has played just two Premier League matches, mainly being utilised in the Europa Conference League by the manager, playing seven games in total as West Ham sealed progress to the knockout rounds with ease.

Domestically, he has failed to impress, holding a Sofascore rating of just 6.6, and in a 15-minute cameo against Chelsea, the defender took just seven touches, lost possession three times, and made just two accurate passes.

With the likes of Thilo Kehrer and Nayef Aguerd arriving in the summer, Moyes will know exactly who he wants at the heart of his defence going forward, and Ogbonna doesn’t appear to be in his plans.

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He was previously dubbed “woeful” and “overrated” by Andy Lapthorne and despite being a club stalwart while having survived numerous managers, the time has come to move on to pastures new.

The likelihood of him leaving at the end of the season was high, however, with Marseille’s interest in the player ahead of next month’s transfer window, Moyes could very well terminate his contract and free up some funds which could be invested elsewhere in the team.