West Ham outcast Arthur Masuaku has sent a social media post after a report he could have his contract paid up to leave.
It has been clear for some time that Masuaku has no real future under David Moyes at West Ham.
Left-back is said to be one of the priority positions Moyes wants to strengthen this summer with Aaron Cresswell also enduring a difficult second half of the season last term.
A Hammers insider speaking to the website Claret and Hugh claimed the club will look to come to a mutual agreement over a settlement to terminate the remaining two years of Masuaku’s contract if he cannot be sold this summer.
Masuaku rarely played last season and when he did – bar one or two performances, notably his freak goal against Chelsea – he failed to impress.
Masuaku was signed from Olympiacos for around £6m in 2016 and as a result is one of the club’s longest serving current players.
It was something of a surprise in 2019 when Masuaku saw his contract extended to 2024 – with the option of a further TWO YEARS.
West Ham are said to be willing to pay off outcast Masuaku’s £40k-pw contract to ship him out of the club if no sale is forthcoming claims the insider speaking to Claret and Hugh.
West Ham have taken similar action with other players who have clearly had no future at the club in the past.
Jack Wilshere being the most recent example.
If the report is accurate then the Hammers would likely try to find a middle ground with Masuaku – perhaps paying off one year of his salary to facilitate the termination of his contract – thus making him a free agent.
Spotrac lists Masuaku’s West Ham wages at £40-pw.
One year’s wages would amount to just over £1.9m.
It would be pointless the Hammers paying up the final TWO years as they stand to gain nothing from such a deal when Masuaku could just be kept as a squad player for the same outlay.
However, The Athletic’s West Ham reporter Roshane Thomas has intimated Masuaku will be retained by Moyes.
Now West Ham outcast Masuaku has sent a social media post after the report he could have his contract paid up to leave.
Masuaku posted a picture of himself working out in the gym with weightlifter and crossed Hammers emojis as well as “AM26” – his initials and West Ham shirt number – and “WHUFC”.
How much we can read into the post who knows. But it appears Masuaku is making it clear he is working hard – before pre-season training officially begins on Monday – to stay at West Ham.
It is worth noting that it was Masuaku’s first Twitter post for over seven weeks – since an emotional goodbye message to departed skipper Mark Noble.
So it is surely not a mere coincidence.
Masuaku will be a squad player at best and should only be considered as a winger or attacking option.
West Ham simply must sign a bona fide new left-back this summer.
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