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17th Aug, 2017 | 7:21pm

Big-money signing shown the door by West Ham - Sky journalist

By Abigail Withey 

West Ham United have told winger Robert Snodgrass that he is no longer needed at the club after joining for £11million just seven months ago, according to a reliable Sky journalist.

Keith Downie, a north east England reporter for Sky Sports, has revealed that the 29-year-old has been told by the Hammers that he is surplus to requirements.

The Sky reporter claims that the striker has been made available for a transfer or loan deal away from the London Stadium.

Downie shared the news on his verified Twitter account on Thursday.

Snodgrass joined the London side from relegated outfit Hull City back in January this year and penned a contract with the Hammers which is set to expire in 2020.

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The 29-year-old made 15 appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side last season, but failed to impress when he didn’t find the back of the net.

The former Hull winger was then left out of the squad which faced Manchester United during their 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford last weekend, which Bilic put down to tactical reasons.

Football Insider verdict

Snodgrass was outstanding for Hull during their opening half of the season, but unfortunately je failed to replicate his talent and goals at the London Stadium. It seems a little unfair to write the winger off after just seven months as the club and Bilic should instead give him a shot for his first whole debut season. If the boss decides that Snodgrass is really surplus to requirements then a season-long loan spell might be the answer, but that will mean he is 30 by the time he returns. The manager might be trying to recoup the fees he paid for his new signings, but Snodgrass is the wrong player to be selling at this point. If anything, he will want to prove himself to the boss and provide more hunger on the pitch. 

In other West Ham news, the club have been handed a huge injury boost as one winger returns and a fan favourite is soon to follow.

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