West Ham will only consider a move for Porto forward Moussa Marega if the club can offload some of their fringe players, according to Claret & Hugh.
A previous report [A Bola] claimed that the Hammers were closing in on the signing of the 28-year-old due to an agreement that would see him be allowed to leave Portugal this summer.
According to Claret & Hugh, however, the East London outfit need to get rid of some of their players before they can think about bringing Marega – or anyone else – into the club.
“Marega and others can be discounted for now, until we have squad slots, then we have lots of alternatives,” a source told the website.
If this report is true, it makes absolute sense, to be honest. West Ham have brought in Pablo Fornals in, their only marquee signing of the summer – for £24million (Source: BBC) – and so you would expect the club to need to raise funds through player sales – and create space in the squad – in order to be able to afford any more big moves. And one player who you think could help the club in their objective is Javier Hernandez. The Mexican international is currently being paid £140,000-per-week at the London Stadium (Source: Spotrac), which is a massive amount. The fact is, if West Ham got him off their books – with Hernandez previously saying that he has been told that he can leave this summer [Sky Sports] – then that will free up a huge chunk of their wage bill and allow them to afford moves such as the one for Marega. Until then, though, West Ham can forget about bringing anyone else in.