West Ham United duo Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko have been heavily linked with moves away over the last few months.
It would be no surprise in light of West Ham’s summer business with Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral arriving on deadline day.
And despite the transfer window being closed across Europe’s major leagues, both Lanzini and Yarmolenko – on a combined total of £215,000 per week in wages at West Ham – could still be shipped out of the club between now and the end of the month.
Yarmo and Lanzini linked with moves to Turkey, Russia and Argentina and windows remain open
That’s because the transfer window remains open for clubs they have been linked with in Turkey, Argentina and Russia.
Earlier this summer Yarmolenko was linked with moves to Turkish giants Galatasaray (Fotomac) and Fenerbahce (Football Insider).
West Ham bit part player Yarmo was also linked with a move to Russia which was rubbished by his agent (TBR).
Lanzini has also been linked with Fener (FotoMac, TEAMtalk and Claret and Hugh).
Duo could still have Hammers escape route
And the player reportedly told West Ham earlier this summer he wants to return to former club River Plate in Argentina.
Well all three options remain possible escape routes for the Hammers duo.
Teams in Russia have until Tuesday September 7 to do business.
In Argentina, there is certainly no need for teams to start panic buying. The window does not shut until September 26 so Lanzini’s entourage have another three weeks to try and facilitate a River Plate return if West Ham let him go.
And over in Turkey, teams have 48 hours left to conclude their summer business.
Galatasaray have gone big this summer, spending seven times more than last year, splashing out over £21m on new signings.
Moyes needs big squad but temptation to shed £215,000 per week in wages could tip the balance
But Fenerbahce have spent half what they did last year suggesting they may be saving funds for last minute deals.
Whether Moyes allows either player to leave West Ham in the next few weeks remains to be seen.
The Hammers will need a big squad to cope with the demands of Europa League football this season.
But – bar Lanzini’s impressive display in a deep midfield role against Burnley last season – neither player has made any impact for West Ham for some time.
So the temptation to get either of their wages off the books may prove tempting for the West Ham hierarchy. Bet that via a loan deal or cut-price permanent deal.
In other news, Lingard looking a dead cert for West Ham reunion.
And Stars Moyes wanted before deadline could still play for West Ham in Europa League.