After the easy job of releasing players, the harder task arrives of shifting fringe members who still have years on their contract remaining.
Pedro Obiang is one of those players, with the midfielder attracting lots of interest from around Europe. The latest of those clubs are Parma, who are reported to be interested in a loan move for the Spaniard.
Manuel Pellegrini must think long and hard about sanctioning this move, with a permanent move away from the London Stadium surely more beneficial for all those involved.
Obiang failed to make much of an impact for the Hammers last season, only making 12 starts – with Pellegrini surely preferring a permanent exit this summer in order to reinvest in his squad.
Looking at his stats via WhoScored, West Ham would easily be able to cope without his influence in the middle of the park. The 27-year-old only averaged 1.7 tackles per appearance last season, with Declan Rice averaging nearly double that with 2.9.
Obiang is also outscored by many other midfield options in terms of interceptions as well, with Rice, Jack Wilshere, and Manuel Lanzini all averaging more in each outing.