Wilshere may lead Hammers departures


Jack Wilshere’s reported ambition for a move to the MLS or China would be a huge relief to the Hammers who have hopes of clearing two or three players out of the squad this winter to make room for new arrivals.

And were for former Arsenal midfielder to move on it would save the Hammers nearly £2 million off the wage bill.

Reports have circulated over the last few days – instigated by the allegedly well informed Athletic website that the midfielder is ready to move on if the opportunity were to present itself in in the east or west .

And that would see his £100k a week wages disappear off the wage bill and allow the club to lose at one place in the squad list.

They may even be able to look forward to a small transfer fee should there be any interest in either country during January or even the summer.

Another – as reported –  whom the club will entertain bids for are Carlos Sanchez and possibly even the Swiss striker Albien Ajeti who has failed to make any impact and was even substituted when playing for his national team last week.

The Hammers are keen to bring in player this window but are looking to sell one or two. However it’s difficult to see who else they could allow to leave at this stage.

Give us your thoughts.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Russell Burke says:

    Another on my list would be Fornals but the problem is we’re not going to get anything like what we paid for him. Better to keep him and give him longer to settle in the Premiership. If we get rid of the 2 mentioned that should be enough midfielders assuming all M/F’s improve in the 2nd half of the season. Apart from that there’s not a lot of money available- better to wait until summer then try to get some loan deals done. We have demonstrated how crap we are in the transfer market.

  • mark wiggins says:

    At this moment we need another good & I mean good striker , box to box midfielder with energy & pace & probably a L back, & a back up keeper ! Although we need them it’s unlikely we will get them as the owners are being a little tight . Surely they would have known letting all the strikers go & Adrian was gonna hurt without replacing them . I pray they put their hands in their pockets or get some really decent loans or loan to buy & invest properly in the summer . Tottenham next how would we all love to beat them ? COYI

  • Dave says:

    We need to find another West Ham who are willing to pay ridiculous wages to injury prone players on long term contracts, or pay millions on untried , unheard of players who look miles off the pace.
    Can’t think of anyone…..

    • AspiEd says:

      Spot on!

      Not forgetting a coach, already retired to China, who has a 2nd-2-0 reputation for…….getting paid as much as possible for the minimum effort!

      Also, owners, whose passion is to stay in the division and develop the club rather than……..whatever they think is best.

      Yes, I know, stop finger wagging and give everyone a break, enjoy the minimal effort and attainment……at least until it is too late, yet again……………

  • Kevin says:

    Hmmm !, wage bills .. Somebody is getting £8m a year . Must be room for a reduction in that area somewhere .

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