West Ham are ready to sell £50m duo Nikola Vlasic and Said Benrahma ‘in the coming days’ claims transfer ITK reporter Fabrizio Romano.
When David Moyes said he faced a big rebuild at West Ham this summer he was not wrong.
And this week he warned that rebuild is bigger and more difficult than many people realise.
There have been five signings at West Ham this summer following a raft of departures.
Well there will need to be several more based on the squad Moyes had at his disposal for the dismal 2-0 opening defeat to Man City.
Moyes has insisted he will be busy working on transfers right up until the window closes.
And it seems as though another two of those will be departures.
Because West Ham are ready to sell £50m duo Nikola Vlasic and Said Benrahma ‘in the coming days’ claims transfer ITK reporter Fabrizio Romano.
“West Ham are prepared to sell both Said Benrahma and Nikola Vlasic in the next days,” Italian transfer specialist Romano said on Twitter.
“Torino are keen on signing Vlasic, talks ongoing.
“Negotiations between Torino and West Ham will continue in the next days.”
All summer West Ham insiders have been claiming that the club are looking to offload Vlasic and Benrahma.
Vlasic cost West Ham £26m last summer in a deal that could have reached as much as £33m with certain clauses being met.
And Benrahma cost the Hammers around £24m in the summer window of 2020.
Benrahma has been linked with former club Brentford, Fulham and Nottingham Forest while Vlasic has been the subject of intense interest from Torino.
A Hammers insider has regularly claimed to Claret and Hugh that Benrahma could be sold as Moyes reshapes his squad.
The Guardian have also reported that West Ham are open to offers for Benrahma.
West Ham insiders speaking to Claret and Hugh have also consistently insisted Moyes wants to offload Vlasic too after he failed to impress the manager following his move from CSKA Moscow.
Having bemoaned his lack of options and depth, there is no way Moyes would sanction the double departure unless West Ham are preparing to sign replacements.
Arthur Masuaku was allowed to leave last week and it quickly became clear that was because the Hammers had agreed a deal to sign Maxwel Cornet.
More ins and outs on the way it seems then.
Judging by Moyes’ comments after the opening day defeat to City – in which he said his team was looking ‘stale’ – they are much needed. And fast.