West Ham United boss David Moyes is preparing a clearout in the next window.
Football – and indeed almost all sport – is currently shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
It came as West Ham were in the thick of their battle against relegation.
An initial date of an April 4th resumption was set but looks highly unlikely.
That will be revised after the latest guidance and measures from the government.
Coronavirus puts season in doubt
But with the virus not expected to peak until late May/June there is growing uncertainty whether West Ham’s season will be completed in the traditional manner.
The spare time appears to have given Hammers boss David Moyes plenty of time to think about the future.
That’s if a report from fellow West Ham website Claret & Hugh is to be believed.
The site regularly claims to have a top level source inside West Ham, believed to be co-owner David Sullivan himself.
Moyes plans to axe Hammers trio
And a new report from C&H claims Moyes could sell Ryan Fredericks, Albian Ajeti and Arthur Masuaku whenever the next transfer window opens.
Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez will also depart after the expiration of their contracts.
Defender Winston Reid, currently on loan in MLS, and hapless goalkeeper Roberto could follow while there are also question marks over the futures of Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and even Felipe Anderson.
“Fredericks could be among those players who will be allowed to move on this summer should the club receive the right offers,” C&H claims.
“However, it’s questionable how much the Hammers would get for their free signing from Fulham in 2018. With Jeremy Ngakia now having stakes a serious claim for the right back spot and the hugely impressive Ben Johnson recovered from injury, Fredericks could become surplus to requirements.
Young, hungry plan implemented?
“And given his injury record and hit and miss form the club may well decide to go with the youngsters for the new season – whenever that gets underway again.”
Ajeti has failed to impress Manuel Pellegrini, Moyes and his teammates (Football Insider).
And wildly inconsistent Masuaku has been a liability in defence ever since he signed for the club.
Moyes has repeatedly stated his intention to build a new-look West Ham around young, hungry players (whufc.com).
He gave a tantalising glimpse of what that might look like in January.
The superb signings of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek breathed new life into West Ham before the enforced break.