West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is set for a transfer summit with the club’s owners this week.
And the Chilean has admitted a big English dilemma could well dictate his summer business.
Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos are reportedly keen to sign six players.
As many as nine have been earmarked to leave or be sold by the club.
West Ham must sell well to buy
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will reportedly hand Pellegrini a £30million base transfer budget to be topped up by player sales.
That does not fill supporters with much hope.
West Ham’s fierce rivals Tottenham consistently manage to sell on unwanted players for excellent prices.
But the Hammers are notoriously poor salesman when it comes to getting a good deal for the club.
Pellegrini admits English dilemma this summer
And now Manuel Pellegrini has told Sky Sports he has a dilemma over satisfying the homegrown player quota which could shape his transfer plans.
“You must be calm and try to choose your best option because if you make a mistake in the squad in this season you are going to pay in the whole year,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports.
“You can have just 17 foreign players, we must have eight English players, we will see which of them can go, which options we have to come.”
Homegrown player rule explained
To be ‘homegrown’ a player must be registered with an English team for three years before the age of 21.
Hammers fans will be hoping that doesn’t mean the likes of Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill are kept on just for the sake of hitting the homegrown player quota.
One player who does fill one of those spaces is Andy Carroll and he looks set to leave. Another is Aaron Cresswell who is also reportedly being considered for sale.
If Cresswell is sold then West Ham are left with just seven players fitting the homegrown criteria.