By Harvey Byrne
Experienced full-back Alvaro Arbeloa is heading for the West Ham exit doors this summer, according to a report.
The Mail has claimed that the Hammers have made no plans to keep the 34-year-old forgotten man with his last appearance for the club coming in a 5-1 defeat against Arsenal back in December.
The former Real Madrid and Liverpool man only made the switch to east London last summer on a one-year deal worth £65,000-a-week, according to West Ham news site Claret and Hugh.
However, after a disappointing season for the 58-time capped Spain international which has seen him make just four appearances for the club in all competitions he is now set to make a move with his contract expiring next month.
The Mail details that the two-time Champions League winner could be handed a lifeline by Swansea manager Paul Clement after the two worked together at Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, it is also stated that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a firm admirer of Arbeloa, but any more from the Old Trafford manager would likely be to start a coaching career.
The right-back position has proven a weakness for West Ham at times this season and the club are expected to put heavy investment in that role in the summer as they look to move on from a disappointing campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite his trophy haul and fine past the West Ham chiefs clearly don’t believe that Arbeloa is good enough for the east London club and therefore it is not too surprising that he will be off this summer. However, what is surprising is that Swansea could be making a move. Hammers fans and staff know that Arbeloa is no longer good enough to play in England’s top-flight and they will laugh in delight if one of their Premier League rivals makes a move for him. After playing just four times this season alongside his bleak injury record it may be for the best that Arbeloa joins Mourinho’s coaching staff next.
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