Bent Exclusive: Lanzini may lead West Ham fire sale of 'Four or Five' senior stars

Darren Bent has claimed West Ham need to sell “four or five players” before they add any more players to their squad.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs forward said the Hammers may find it difficult to offload some of their stars due to their wage demands.

West Ham sold Grady Diangana to West Brom where he spent last season on loan, for an inital £12m that could rise to £18m yesterday, as revealed by Football Insider.

This site also revealed last month that the Hammers had made a u-turn on the 22-year-old who they were willing to sell to raise funds for new signings.

The deal caused uproar amongst West Ham fans and players with club captain Mark Noble saying he was “angry” that Diangana had joined West Brom.

He tweeted: “As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future.”

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Bent told Football Insider“At the minute there are about four of five players that West Ham need to get rid of, for me.

“They need to get rid of (Manuel) Lanzini and they need to get rid of Felipe Anderson.

“They need to get rid of these players but these guys are on that much money that nobody wants to touch them.

“They’ve not played well for a while.

“I do feel sorry for David Moyes because he’s operating with one hand tied behind his back.”

Lanzini signed a new three-year contract at the London Stadium last August but failed to scored in his 24 Premier League games last season.

Anderson joined the club from Lazio in 2018 and scored nine goals in his debut Premier League campaign.

In other news, West Ham have been tipped to sign goal machine after £9m rival deal agreed.