West Ham today described midwinter departures from the club as “highly unlikely.”
Despite speculation linking various players with moves away ClaretandHugh was told by a very well placed source: “We see no likelihood of anybody making a permanent move.”
David Sullivan has put it on the record that James Tomkins is definitely staying despite speculation and despite suggestions that Andy Carroll could be on his way, Slaven Bilic is determined to keep the club’s record signing.
We were told this afternoon: “Some players are being seen as possible targets but it really is very unlikely that anyone will be leaving.
“Mauro Zarate has also been linked with a move to Europe but he has become a key squad member and wants to stay. Cheik Kouyate has also been discussed as a target along of course with Aaron Cresswell but they are going nowhere.
“There really is a feeling that this is a great squad and everybody is fighting for a place. We don’t want players leaving.”
Only James Collins and Joey O’Brien would be considered for moves with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce believed to be interested in possible loan deals given the problems he has in defence.