It could be a busy week for West Ham, a reliable insider has confirmed. Trusted source EXWHUEmployee has named three players who could be on their way out this week.
Javier Hernandez, Pedro Obiang and Reece Oxford have all been linked with West Ham exits recently. And all three could have their departures confirmed by the end of the week.
West Ham are hoping to move these players on to generate funds for new signings. These three players could follow Edimilson Fernandes and Lucas Perez out of the exit door in East London.
Hernandez was West Ham’s marquee signing when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen in summer 2017. But his two seasons at West Ham have brought mixed success.
At times, the diminutive Mexican has impressed with his notorious fox-in-the-box approach. He has scored 16 goals in 60 games for the Irons.
But the 31-year-old is not the type of striker who can operate up front on his own. Marko Arnautovic has often been the preferred choice. And considering he only has one year left on his bumper £140k-per-week contract (figures via Football.London), it is time to move him.
EXWHUEmployee reports that Chicharito is keen for his future to be resolved after the birth of his son, Noah. Valencia want him in an £8m deal (The Sun) and this deal could be accelerated.
Obiang is another player angling for an exit. The Hammers midfielder nearly joined Fiorentina in January for £10m (Sky Sports News) last January and he wants to return to Italy this summer.
The 27-year-old has played 116 games for West Ham since his 2015 move from Sampdoria. During that time, he has played some impressive football and scored a memorable thunderbolt against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
But too often, Obiang’s performances have been average. West Ham feel they can upgrade in this department and cash in on the Equatorial Guinea midfielder. EXWHUEmployee confirms he will probably move back to Serie A with “increased steps” expected this week.
Oxford was set to make his loan move to FC Augsburg permanent. But this broke down over personal terms, with West Brom and Middlesbrough entering the race (The Telegraph).
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene as a talented teenager but his progress has since stalled. His attitude has often been highlighted as a reason for this.
After keeping the faith in him for several years, West Ham are finally ready to let Oxford leave. The England U20 centre-back could team up with Slaven Bilic at West Brom, EXWHUEmployee reveals.