West Ham defender Razvan Rat will be allowed to walk away from the club later today if a club comes in for him.
Claretandhugh has learned today that the 32-year-old Romanian signed for the relegation threatened club knowing that he had to complete 60% of the team’s games to earn a new contract.
Thus far he has played just 20 of the 27 required but with George McCartney on his way back there is now no chance of him being used up to the maximum.
Rat is on £30,000-a-week at the Boleyn and the club will definitely release him at the end of the season unless Turkish outfit Beskitas come in before the transfer deadline.
The club has been monitoring him over recent days and could launch a deadline day move for him with the Hammers ready to let him go.
Rat had claimed he had a relegation clause in his contract but sources inside the club have confirmed that he has to play in 60 per cent of the club’s games to gain a contract.
A source told us: “That is the case. Unless he completes them – which we don’t see happening – there will be no contact offer.”