West Ham to let four players go after pricey Carroll deal.
West Ham have been forced to put four players up for sale this summer after spending big money to bring in Andy Carroll from Liverpool, according to the Sun.
Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga, Matt Taylor and Alou Diarra are said to be the players being axed, as the Hammers look to make up for the £16million transfer fee spent on Carroll, as well as his £100,000-a-week wages.
The England international striker spent the 2012/13 season on loan at Upton Park, and manager Sam Allardyce made it a priority to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
However, this has come at a significant cost, as the 24-year-old has commanded a rather inflated transfer fee and wages due to Liverpool initially paying so much to sign him from Newcastle in 2011.
The Reds brought him to Anfield for £35million, which was seen as surprising at the time, and even more so now that he failed to produce the goods in a Liverpool shirt.
Although Allardyce is only losing squad players, it will be something of a blow to the Hammers’ depth next season, particularly as Carroll occasionally struggled with injuries.