For West Ham, the main aim in the summer transfer window will be strengthing the depth of the squad. Though there are a few players in the current squad that could be sold on to either raise funds, reduce the current wage expenditure, and make room in the squad.
Though in terms of raising funds, there aren’t a lot of players that would be considered surplus to requirements that would fetch a decent sum of money by today’s standards. The main thing would be clearing high earners wages off the books.
Another reason why players could be moved on this summer will be David Moyes deciding that they don’t fit in with his new team mentality. This is no criticism of the players themselves, but Moyes clearly has an idea of what he wants in the dressing room. An example of this is Sebastien Haller.
West Ham have pleaded poverty since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and will need to raise funds by selling players in the summer.
The Ivorian international was widely believed to have a bad attitude, which was one reason he was unfavoured by Moyes. After the striker’s honest interview with TalkSport, that was clearly not the case.
There are four players in the squad that could arguably be described as fringe players that could be sold in the summer for a few reasons. One reason is that younger players could be promoted in the preseason, and removing them will promote the youngsters development. The other reason is that the club could pick up some sort of fee for the players.
The right-back was signed as a free agent at the start of the 2018/19 season. The defender was meant to solve West Ham’s issues with the position for years to come. Fredericks, however, has proven to be quite injury-prone during his time at the club.
While 28-year-old has shown his quality at times, injuries have hampered his progression, and he seems always to strike as he gets into a good rhythm of form. Fredericks started this season in great form and was one of the team’s best players early on.
As usual, though, the defender picked up a nasty injury that would keep him out of action for a few months. This game the club reason to sign Tomas Soucek’s mate Vladimir Coufal from SK Slavia Prague. The Czech right-back has cemented himself as first-choice at the club, pushing Fredericks into the fringes of the team.
While Fredericks is still a solid squad player, his position at the club could hamper the development of Ben Johnson. The academy graduate has really impressed in his limited minutes on the pitch this season and should be prioritised for the future.
If West Ham could pick up a fee of roughly £5 million, then they would be making a solid profit on a player that they paid nothing for. Fredericks could still do a job in the Premier League and could make a new home for himself at a newly promoted team.