The £143m from player sales West Ham United could make to boost summer transfer war chest
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West Ham United’s preparations for Wednesday night’s Europa Conference League Final meeting with Fiorentina is dominating the thoughts of manager David Moyes at his moment in time.
But the Hammers boss will also have one eye of the summer transfer window and his attempts to boost his squad and retain the services of some key players during the coming months. What is not known is just how much money Moyes will have to spend in the transfer market - but he could boost his kitty by authorising the sale of some current members of his squad.
3AddedMinutes assesses where Moyes could supplement his transfer budget with player valuations provided by TransferMarkt.
Gianluca Scamacca - £23m
There was plenty of excitement when the Hammers landed one of Serie A’s most exciting strikers in a £30m deal last summer. A return of eight goals in 27 appearances may seem positive but only three of those strikes came in the Premier League as a niggling knee injury hampered Scamacca’s efforts to settle into life with the Hammers.
Although there is always a need for patience when allowing a striker to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League, there should also be a desire for something of an overhaul of David Moyes’ attacking options this summer and allowing Scamacca to depart could help finance some eye-catching incoming signings.
Maxwel Cornet - £13m
Another signing that has not really lived up to the hype after the former Burnley forward failed to score in 21 appearances in all competitions during his first season at the London Stadium. There was a positive of five assists, but they all came in Europa Conference League fixtures against more modest opposition than the ones the Hammers have met on a regular basis in the Premier League.
Allowing Cornet to depart would more than likely mean taking a small hit on the £20m fee handed over to Burnley last summer - but it would also free up a space in Moyes squad and add to his transfer warchest during the window.
Tomas Soucek - £30m
This would be a somewhat debatable move but Soucek will enter the final 12 months of his current contract this summer - although the Hammers do have the option of triggering a one-year extension to the deal.
There is no doubt the Czech Republic international has been a real success since joining West Ham from Slavia Prague in an initial loan deal in January 2020, before converting that into a permanent switch just six months later. A return of 30 goal involvements in 154 appearances in all competitions shows how much of an impact Soucek has made on a regular basis but if Moyes wants to freshen up his options, allowing the midfielder to depart could provide a decent boost to his available funds.
Michail Antonio - £7.5m
This is another debatable option with Antonio in a similar situation to Soucek with just one year remaining on his current deal and the Hammers possessing an option of a further 12 months. The former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday man has been a trusted and reliable option for Moyes throughout his time in charge and provided 14 goals and five assists in 47 appearances in all competitions last season as he made amends for the underwhelming performances of his competitors for a place at the top end of the pitch.
But at 33-years-old, Antonio is likely entering the final stages of his time at the London Stadium and is another player that could be allowed to depart if the right offer was to come in.
Declan Rice - £70m
Now for the elephant in the room. England star Rice has become synonomous with the Hammers and is unquestionably their most important player. However, the midfielder has serious ambitions of challenging for major silverware on a regular basis and competing in the Champions League. He will not be short of suitors with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United said to be among his growing list of admirers.
Although remaining at the London Stadium as he enters the final year of his current deal can not be completely ruled out, it feels increasingly likely Rice will be heading to pastures new during the summer and his future will be a major talking point across the media over the coming months.
We would add that TransferMarkt’s £70m valuation of Rice is woefully underestimated and the suggestions from those close to West Ham seem to indicate a fee of around £120m would be required before they would consider allowing the midfielder to depart for a Champions League club this summer.
It would unquestionably be a wrench to lose the services of a player that is loved by supporters and returns that admiration with whole-hearted displays that have seen him become a key figure with both club and country. But there is also a need for a dose of realism, with Rice looking to progress and reach heights the Hammers are unlikely to reach in the coming years. Moyes would demand a large chunk, if not all of the fee received for his prized asset and that would allow the Hammers boss to kickstart an overhaul of his squad.
What would benefit the former Everton manager would be a speedy resolution to the situation because the longer it lingers, the more likely it will have an impact on his own incoming transfer business. Allowing it to run into the closing weeks of the window and the first weeks of the new season would have a detrimental impact on Moyes and his hopes to develop his squad without their most integral player.