West Ham could have a major clear-out this summer. According to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 15th May), several players will be allowed to leave West Ham this summer, including Toni Martinez and Samir Nasri.
The Hammers are hoping to raise funds for some summer spending. Letting several players leave and selling others could help generate some money for Manuel Pellegrini to spend on his squad.
Toni Martinez: West Ham’s forgotten man
Martinez looks destined to leave West Ham. The 21-year-old striker joined West Ham in 2016 after scoring over 100 goals at youth level for Valencia.
In West Ham’s youth teams, Martinez thoroughly impressed. Many believed he would be the next big thing, especially when he scored some big goals on loan at Oxford United.
But since then, the Spaniard’s career has nosedived. He failed to impress in his three first-team outings and has had three unsuccessful loan spells back in Spain.
After scoring three goals across two spells with Raya Majadahonda and CD Lugo (both in Spain’s second-tier), Martinez is likely to be released.
Samir Nasri rejects revised deal
Nasri joined West Ham at the start of January 2019 after his 18-month doping ban ended. Pellegrini was impressed with how quickly the 31-year-old got back into shape.
When he has played, the Frenchman has impressed. With two assists in five Premier League outings, Nasri clearly has the talent. But the midfield playmaker is too injury prone.
EXWHUEmployee notes that a new contract is on the table for Nasri. This was a revised pay-as-you-play deal on reduced wages with more appearance-based incentives.
However, Nasri keeps turning up late to training and there are question marks surrounding his professionalism, commitment and fitness.
He believes he can earn more away from West Ham. And the Irons seem happy to let him leave when his current contract comes to an end.