West Ham’s flawed Cornet plan

Flawed Cornet plan won’t entice bidders 

talkSPORT have claimed that West Ham United are ready to cash in on Maxwel Cornet this January. It is understood that the Hammers are hoping to sell the Ivory Coast winger early in the upcoming transfer window.

Cornet’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2027, and the club have identified him as a means to generate transfer funds. Cornet has not featured for West Ham since creating the winning goal for Tomas Soucek in the Europa League fixture against Backa Topola.

The whole plan appears to be a flawed one from where I’m standing. Wanting to sell a player for money and actually doing so are two very different things. West Ham might view Cornet as a commodity, but I doubt too many clubs would even pay half of the £17m the Hammers paid Burnley last season.

flawed Cornet plan will not see West Ham get their money back

Flawed Cornet plan? West Ham will get nowhere near the £17m paid to Burnley

The Ivorian has been left to wither on the vine, and his stock is now at an all-time low. Despite the team’s obvious need for rotation, Cornet did not even make the bench for the Tottenham game. Surely if West Ham wishes to sell him, it would have made sense to give him some game time, particularly as he looked like West Ham’s best player during his brief stint in his recent cameo.

Flawed plan could be made worse by AFCON

That brief flourish may be enough to convince his country to select him for the African Cup of Nations. Possibly, that will help West Ham; however, I can’t imagine too many clubs would wish to sign a player who was unavailable for selection for a month. It’s perfectly plausible that Cornet could sustain an injury at the AFCON and not be able to play for any club he may sign for.

Sounds like a huge risk to me, and for that reason, I can’t imagine anyone forking out serious money for the player.


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