Kevin Strootman has admitted that Marseille want to get rid of him this summer amid links with a West Ham move, Corriere dello Sport reports.
Recently, Strootman has been linked with a move to England. According to Sky Sports News, Everton, Manchester United and West Ham have been offered the chance to sign him on loan.
Cash-strapped Marseille need to get players off their books to trim their sizeable wage bill. Strootman is a high earner and the French club believe a loan could be the best solution.
Kevin Strootman set for summer move
Strootman has opened the door to a summer departure with his latest interview. Despite signing a five-year contract last summer, he could move on this summer.
He told Corriere dello Sport: “The president was very clear with me: he told me that it costs too much and that without Champions League, it is difficult for them to keep me. The message is that they want to get rid of me.”
Strootman continues and says that it will not be cheap to sign him. With four years left on his contract, Marseille will not accept a cheap deal. This is why a loan move might happen.
Who is Kevin Strootman?
The 29-year-old is a tough-tackling defensive midfielder who has played in the Netherlands, Italy and France during his career. After representing Dutch sides Sparta Rotterdam, FC Utrecht and PSV Eindhoven, Strootman joined Roma in 2013.
He spent five years in Italy, racking up nearly 150 appearances. Last summer, Strootman completed his move to Marseille. But the French side only finished fifth in Ligue 1, missing out on Europa League next season.
Without European football, Marseille need to cut back on their spending. This could lead to Strootman’s exit. The 42-cap Holland international could be on his way to England with West Ham among the clubs linked with a swoop.