According to a report by Football.London, more than a third of the current West Ham United squad have their contracts set to expire at the end of the season.
This should be something that is rather worrying for the Hammers, as it means they could lose a large number of players for nothing, should they fail to reach an agreement with any of them before the summer – or even the winter with foreign clubs able to make pre-contract agreements.
Of course, it will be a time-consuming activity for the club’s hierarchy, too, as completing deals is not something that is done easily and quickly, therefore there could be a lot of concern. Indeed, fans who may look at the transfer market as a betting opportunity when looking at the sites on sportwetten-vergleich.at may find themselves wondering just what could happen.
David Moyes is likely to be far from happy, too, with the situation and how it has managed to get this bad at the London Stadium, too. With 28 players on the books at the moment, 10 of them have less than 12 months on their present deals to run.
Of those 10 players on the list, key full-backs Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal are included, while Manuel Lanzini, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Lukasz Fabianski, Darren Randolph, Arthur Masuaku, Conor Coventry, and Harrison Ashby.
Indeed, there are a few names on the list that The Hammers can potentially let go this summer and clear off the books, although there are certainly a few names that Moyes will want to keep.
Cresswell, Coufal, Dawson, and Fabianski will likely be the priority for the Premier League club, while there will be some thoughts regarding Ogbonna and even potentially Randolph, although they do have a solid backup keeper in Alphonso Areola.
It should be noted that each of Lanzini, Coufal, Fabianski, and Coventry have terms on their deals that could lead to an extension of one or two years being triggered, though, so there is perhaps not too much urgency with these particular deals.
Lanzini looks to be a player that is surplus to requirements for the Irons at the moment as he continues to struggle to get into Moyes’ squad, especially following the arrival of Lucas Paqueta from Olympique de Lyonnais for big money this summer.
Nonetheless, how West Ham have let more than a third of their squad enter a situation and scenario whereby more than a third of their players are in the final year of their contracts is something that they can not allow to happen again in the future.