Yep, Upton Park’s out of favour Carlton Cole is one of those on the list.
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Matthew Upson will be sold next month if West Ham United receive an appropriate bid for the centre-half, as the 31-year-old has six months remaining on his deal.
Upson is one of six players who will be out of contract next summer and West Ham will also allow the midfielder Kieron Dyer, the right-back Lars Jacobsen and the defenders Jonathan Spector and Danny Gabbidon to leave at the right price.
Upson’s departure would be the most significant blow. There is no desire at Upton Park to sell the England international, who is the captain and an integral member of Avram Grant’s team. Yet his contract situation and the side’s precarious league position mean club and player will await developments next month.
West Ham are bottom of the Premier League, three points from safety, having won only twice all season. Despite a strong belief among the directors that Grant will avoid relegation, the team’s position makes the offer of a fresh long-term deal, and its acceptance by Upson, difficult.
Upson may interest Liverpool, with whom he has been linked, due to the long?term injury to Jamie Carragher, and any funds generated from sales would be used by Grant to strengthen his squad. Carlton Cole may also be sold as the manager has stated that the forward can depart next month, and Valon Behrami, signed from Lazio in 2008, would like to return to Italy. (Guardian)
West Ham stand on precarious ground as they look to prepare themselves for life in the Championship. With many of their failing squad set to be out of contract come the summer it appears the east London club is looking to cash in on their services before they leave for free at the end of the season.
Of the seven on offered in the source above, five have less than six months left on their current deals and the other two, Valon Behrami and Carlton Cole, could be sold for more substantial sums next month. Matthew Upson is probably the only player among the five set to be out of contract who may be of interest to other top tier sides.
Kieron Dyer’s constant injury problems may well make it hard for the former Newcastle United man finding a new club and Lars Jacobsen, Danny Gabbidon and Jonathan Spector look more like Champinship players than Premier League ones.
The second half of the season will be a hugely important one for the Hammers and if they can indeed stave off relegation there will be a great deal of rebuilding at Upton Park but a drop down may make that process a very difficult one indeed.
West Ham will be looking to get at least £10 for Cole, who had two good solid seasons before this current one, and around £8m for Swiss international Behrami who appears keen on a return to Italy. The other five may struggle to get much more than a couple of million each and therefore it may be in West Ham’s best interest to keep them at the club to help in the battle against the drop.
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