Upton Park side look to free up funds by offloading unneeded squad players.
West Ham United could offload at least four players to free up funds as Sam Allardyce looks to recruit another new striker before the transfer deadline passes reports the Evening Standard.
Sam Allardyce has reportedly sanctioned the departures of squad players including midfielder Matt Taylor, French international Alou Diarra, forward Ricardo Vaz Te and reserve goalkeeper Stephen Henderson who could now all leave before the end of the month.
Hammers co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed that he will be working round the clock to reduce the club’s wage bill as he tries to release extra money to spend on another centre-forward for Allardyce’s side.
Club record signing Andy Carroll will be out of action until mid-September as he recovers from a heel injury leaving just Modibo Maiga to lead the line in attack and the Malian international started during Saturday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Cardiff City.
Sullivan has now admitted that under the new financial fair play regulations they must sell before they can buy after closing in on their strict £52million salary cap.
‘In our case, we start with a £52 million limit,’ explained Sullivan in his programme notes for Saturday’s game against the Premier League newcomers.
‘If you exceed the figure you could be hit with a points deduction, so I hope you can see that players can only be brought in if there is money left in the wage budget. We are close to that limit now but that is not to say that our dealings in the transfer market are complete for the summer.
‘Players could well leave before the transfer window closes on 2 September, which would give us the money to add a couple more to the squad, so we will continue to work hard over the next couple of weeks’.