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Report: Hammers set to release ‘big three’

West Ham’s summer revolution was continuing tonight with news that Michail Antoinio Pedro Obiang and Cheik Kouyate could all soon be on their way from the club.

The Felipe Anderson switch from Lazio is still very much on as we reported here last night whilst Borussia Dortmund right winger Andriy Yarmelenko is understood to have arrived at the Swiss training camp for a medical.

With two right sided options likely to be available therefore Sky sources claim the Hammers are  ready to let Antonio move on but want offers in advance of £15 million for a player who cost them £7 million from Nottingham Forest three years ago.

However, boss Manuel Pellegrini will have the final say and is reported to have been impressed with Antonio during his fitness work as he returned to the squad in Switzerland today (Mon).

However, he made only 21 appearances last season and Sky reckon that both he,  Pedro Obiang and Cheik Kouyate will be allowed to move on.

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While no offers are understood to have yet been made for Kouyate, the asking price for the 28-year-old is thought to be around £10m.

All the decisions will be in the hands of Pellegrini as he acts out his words of yesterday when claiming the Hammers would be building a very strong squad for the season.


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4 comments on “Report: Hammers set to release ‘big three’

  1. I know we have to let a few fringe players go but I’m very surprised at this .. It will makes us short on squad members surely..??

  2. I agree with all three of them going. We seem to be carrying out transfers in the correct way – sign first then sell the players whose positions have been filled. Lets hope that so many new players will gel. It didn’t work for Everton last year

  3. All of them mentioned have versatility, Obiang is a defensive midfielder where we are short, Kouyate can play defence and has a lot of goals in him, Antonio can play left or right midfield adding as a squad we are short of quality. I would imagine of all of them Antonio could raise the most and is on the highest salary so potentially could be a leaver to fund the Anderson deal the others transfer fees are negligible and they are great squad players so hard to see what value letting them go would have, for me it would leave us still pretty thin.

  4. Obiang is a class act, we should be doing everything we can to keep him. Kouyate divides opinion but for me he makes our central midfield very difficult to penetrate. His energy and presence would be hard to replace. Maybe if we’d signed Carvalho, but that ship has sailed. Last season Antonio wasn’t the player he was when he first burst onto the scene, for whatever reason. Maybe a move would do him good, but only if the price is right.

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