“Balbuena – it’s a tough one right now. Because his agent has come out and said all sorts of crazy stuff.
“Like for example, for now, he’s not really a West Ham player. He’s sort of looking to move abroad. So Moyes will have to think about it, I think. Or play someone who’s more committed – someone who wants to be here for the long term.”
The ageing Balbuena, who is currently valued at only £4.5m by Transfermarkt, has a contract that runs out in the summer.
Signed for a reported £3.6m fee from the Brazilian top flight, it it hard to see a departure on a free transfer representing a huge void in the club’s finances.
He has played only 12 Premier League games this as per WhoScored, indicating Moyes’ preference to set up with other options.
Considering these factors, Moyes may be of a mind to cut his losses on Balbuena in favour of other choices.