Five deadweight players West Ham must try to sell in the January window

Five deadweight players West Ham United manager David Moyes must try to sell in the January transfer window.

Moyes has a lot of work to do if he is to turn around the Hammers’ fortunes when Premier League football resumes on Christmas Day.

Things absolutely need to improve on the pitch from a performance standpoint, but more importantly, the results need to improve.

Moyes has already received notice from the club’s owners about those two things in particular.


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The Scot needs to get the most out of the new signings he made over the summer… but he also needs to add a player or two to his ranks at the London Stadium, preferably a right-back and a centre-back.

To do so, however, the Hammers boss may have to sell some players first, to boost his transfer kitty…

Five deadweight players West Ham must try to sell in January

If Moyes is to have any chance of making some decent additions this winter, he needs to sell to buy after his extravagant summer transfer spending.

Here are five expendable players I think should be moved…

Darren Randolph

The 35-year-old goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer of 2023. Claret and Hugh have claimed that Moyes is trying to sell the Irishman in January for £1million. Taking Randolph’s wages off the books at the London Stadium while receiving a fee for his signature would be a huge boost for the Hammers.

Vladimir Koufal

The 30-year-old Czech defender has been heavily linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen during the January transfer window. It is claimed that the Hammers will accept around £6million for his services this winter. And given his drastic drop in form over the last year or so, getting that amount of money for him would be a real touch.

Arthur Masuaku

The 29-year-old joined West Ham in the summer of 2016 but has failed to impress at the London Stadium. Masuaku left the Hammers to join Besiktas on loan in the summer, and the Turkish side have an option to buy him for around £2m next summer (FotoMac). However, Moyes should do everything possible to speed up that process and ensure Masuaku is gone by the end of next month.

Craig Dawson

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Now this is a player I think Moyes should keep. However, with Dawson out of contract at the London Stadium in the summer of 2023, and clearly keen to move closer to his family in the north of England, selling him in January for a nominal fee (perhaps between 1 and £2m) to be a sensible move by Moyes and West Ham.

Manuel Lanzini

The Argentinian ace is no longer needed at West Ham, in my opinion. And Moyes could reportedly be tempted to sell him for around £10m in the January transfer window (Football Insider). We have many players who can operate in Lanzini’s position, including Lucas Paqueta, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma. As much as the 29-year-old is loved in east London, now is the time to move on.

Selling these five players in January could raise around £20m, and that would be a huge help for Moyes.

The Scot could look to sign Nikola Milenkovic, who is said to be available for just £12m (Firenze Viola) and Celtic’s Josip Juranovic, who is in the running for around £10m (The Scottish Sun).

Bringing in these two players and continuing the five players mentioned above would make us stronger in my opinion, despite the fact that our numbers would be depleted.

I think there are five deadweight players that West Ham need to sell in the January transfer window. And if Moyes is smart, he can bolster his options without spending any cash.

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