By Matt Farr
West Ham are planning to axe four players as part of a squad reshuffle in January, according to a report.
The Sun claim on loan striker Jonathan Calleri is the latest name set for the exit door, joining fellow summer recruits Gokhan Tore, Alvaro Arbeloa and Simone Zaza on Slaven Bilic’s list of planned outgoings.
The 23-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game for the Hammers, and manager Slaven Bilic is prepared to cut his loan deal short – according to
Calleri is currently out with a hamstring injury sustained in an Under-23 match and will be sidelined until the new year, and may not have another opportunity to prove his worth to the English club.
Tore, who is also on loan, has been ineffective, while Arbeloa has made just three appearances in all competitions.
The Hammers boss is also keen on terminating the loan deal of Juventus’ Zaza.
The Italian has been poor since arriving in east London, but the agreement with Zaza’s parent club states that West Ham must buy him on a £20 million permanent deal if he appears in six more games.
With no goals in 11 games so far this season, it is reported that West Ham do not want to active his permanent clause.
“Calleri is another player that could be outward bound this winter,” a Hammers insider was reported as saying by The Sun.
“The club have not fully made up their minds, but it is not looking good for him. He has just not settled.
“He has flopped in all honesty but came here under a lot of hype with claims he was the greatest thing to come from Argentina in years.”
West Ham have been poor this season, occupying 16th place in the Premier League, just one point clear of the relegation zone.
They have not won in the league since the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on October 15, and were thumped 4-1 by Manchester United in the EFL cup quarter-final.
Slaven Bilic is growing under increased pressure following the club’s miserable run, and is already planning a squad overhaul, with several of his summer signings set to leave in January.
But if the club are to bring in any new players, Bilic must first offload some of the current flops.
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