Bilic has given up on these five senior West Ham players - report
By Harry Sykes
West Ham are ready to sell five senior players in the January window, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Slaven Bilic will wield the axe and offload striker duo Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri, winger pair Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore, and right-back Alvaro Arbeloa.
The Hammers manager has given up on the quintet after they failed to have any impact since joining the club during the summer window.
It is reported that Bilic and the West Ham hierarchy will aim to cut short the season-long loans of Italian Zaza, Turk Tore and Argentine Calleri, while looking to pay off the remainder of the contracts of Spaniard Arbeloa and Frenchman Feghouli.
The five are regarded within the corridors of power at the London Stadium as symptomatic of a summer of wretched signings, which were in stark contrast to the dealings of 12 months earlier.
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“It would be wrong to name names but we are identifying areas that need sorting out,” a West Ham source told the Sun.
“There’s now a widespread acceptance inside the club that this was a disastrous summer transfer window.
“Much needs to be done in January in getting players moved out. There were mistakes made and they need to be corrected.”
West Ham have finally got their season on track after a miserable opening few months of a campaign that has failed to match the heights of 2015-16, Bilic’s first at the helm.
The club have won their last two matches with one-goal victories over Hull and Burnley to climb to 13th in the Premier League table.
West Ham’s next match is away to Swansea on Boxing Day.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are preparing a January swoop for a £56million forward.