West Ham United look to be entering sell to buy territory after splashing more than £90 million on seven signings this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini has been brought in to turn West Ham into a force and co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have backed him with the kind of cash they pledged to spend on leaving Upton Park for the London Stadium.
Record £40 million signing Felipe Anderson is the standout acquisition so far.
But now the Hammers seem ready to start clearing the decks with reports the likes of Sam Byram (Football London), Michail Antonio (Sky Sports), Reece Oxford (Sky Sports) and Jordan Hugill (talkSPORT) will be allowed to leave.
However the club are also on the verge of rather surprisingly sanctioning the sale of fans’ favourite midfielder Pedro Obiang to Sampdoria (Sky Sports).
Fans have expressed their disappointment at the potential sale of the classy midfielder, who reminds many of the elegant Michael Carrick.
Given Pellegrini was reportedly keen to keep the Spaniard just days before the Sampdoria reports (Football London) the rumoured deal could suggest that the club has the chance to push through a move for Lille’s coveted Brazilian holding midfield ace Thiago Mendes.
A report from French outlet L’Equipe on Monday claimed the Hammers were ‘expected to concretely position themselves in the coming hours’ after Lazio and Wolfsburg made offers of around £15 million for the 26-year-old Mendes.
And with the Hammers in sell to buy territory after their big splurge this summer, it could well explain the sale of Obiang back to his former club.
Mendes would certainly be an upgrade on Obiang in terms of what he brings as a destroyer in midfield, something the Hammers desperately need.
But whether he is as creative and technical as Obiang, who was schooled at Atletico Madrid’s academy remains to be seen.
In an ideal world the Hammers would keep Obiang AND sign Mendes but supporters will understand the economics even if they don’t want to see the Tinie Tempah look-a-like leave.