Date: 30th June 2019 at 7:45pm
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West Ham will only consider a move for Porto forward 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 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.

OPINION

If this report is true, it makes absolute sense, to be honest. West Ham have brought in 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 . 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.