Portuguese striker sees future elsewhere.
West Ham United striker Ricardo Vaz Te has handed in a transfer request at Upton Park after the club told him that they would not stand in his way should anyone come in for him this summer, Sky Sports reports.
A number of clubs have been linked with a move for the player at various points during the transfer window and the Hammers have told him that he is free to leave as they look to trim their wage bill after a heavy recruitment process.
Earlier in the month manager Sam Allardyce stated that he would have to sell before he could buy again before the transfer deadline and the former Bolton striker has now been offered to clubs in the hope of wrapping up a quick deal.
“In my 10 years as a professional football player I have never submitted a transfer request nor issued a statement,” Vaz Te said in a statement released to Sky Sports. “However, I am frustrated at West Ham United Football Club.
“Last season I was asked to change positions for the benefit of the team even though I had just scored 24 goals.
“The main objective was to finish top 10 in the Premier League and I followed my instructions to the best of my ability as the club always comes first. As a result even though I was injured for three months no other player made more assists than me and no other winger scored more goals than me.
“In addition, since I joined this football club on 31st January 2012 no other player has scored more goals than me in all official competitions to date.
“Statistics are evident to all, despite this, it has been made obvious to myself and my representatives that I am not in the manager’s plans.
“Therefore it is with a heavy heart that I submit a transfer request and look to join a club where my approach to the game will be appreciated.”