By Alex Taylor

West Ham owner David Gold believes that four of his players would not qualify for a work permit if Britain were not a part of the European Union.

Gold took to Twitter to explain why a possible Brexit could cause trouble for the east London outfit.

West Ham would have four players who would not automatically qualify for work permits should Britain vote to leave the European Union,” explained Gold.

According to Squawka there were a total of 432 European players registered to play in the Premier League last season.

If Britain were to vote to leave the European Union on Thursday none of those players would have an automatic right to live and work in Britain.

It also appears that new rulings from the home office would stipulate that Europeans from top-10 nations would have to feature regularly for their international teams for two years before being granted a work permit.  

It is believed that restrictions would be even tighter on players from lower ranked footballing nations.

West ham have recruited a number of high profile international signings in recent years including Dimitri Payet and Alexander Song and the referendum outcome could curb future signings of a similar calibre.

In other West Ham news, Slaven Billic’s side are eyeing a move for Fiorentina forward Josip Ilicic to bolster their attack next season