Three big West Ham squad numbers could become available next summer with some key players potentially approaching the end of their Hammers careers.
Lukasz Fabianski, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini could all leave the London Stadium in the summer.
Yarmolenko and Fabianski are approaching the end of their current contracts with West Ham.
Yarmolenko will undoubtedly leave and won’t be offered a new deal. Fabianski could be offered a new contract but with The Telegraph claiming that the Hammers are leading the race to sign Sam Johnstone, it would be no surprise to see the Polish stopper leave East London.
Meanwhile, Manuel Lanzini has been heavily linked with an exit from the London Stadium and a return to River Plate (Marca and ESPN Argentina) He’s also been linked with a move to Newcastle in January (90 Min).
Three big West Ham squad numbers could become available in 2022/23
If those three players mentioned above do in fact leave the Hammers in six month’s time, three big squad numbers will become available and up for grabs.
Fabianski – number 1, Yarmolenko – number 7 and Lanzini – number 10.
Now, it would be no surprise to see Fabianski and Lanzini stay. Yarmolenko will undoubtedly leave either in January or the summer though.
However, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that all three could potentially vacate their squad numbers.
The next couple of transfer windows will be vitally important for David Moyes. The Scot absolutely has to get the next four or five signings spot on if we are to make the jump up to the next level.
Moving on some of the deadwood will be crucial to our development as well.
And there might just be some big squad numbers becoming available very soon. Lanzini has held the number 10 shirt for the last six seasons. Fabianski has has the number 1 for the last four whilst Yarmo has been number 7 since 2019.
There is plenty of change on the horizon for West Ham. Let’s hope that the next stage of Moyes’s tenure is just as prosperous as his first two years in charge.