By Danny Mills

27th Dec, 2019 | 4:13pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills suggests West Ham may need to do 'Clever deal' to get rid of player

Danny Mills suggested West Ham may need to cover some of Roberto’s wages if they want to successfully get rid of him in January. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England defender said there will be sides out there willing to take a chance of Roberto in the winter window.

Football Insider recently revealed that the Hammers wanted to offload some “stars” in the upcoming window, with the Spanish goalkeeper an obvious candidate to go.

However, it is believed Manuel Pellegrini’s side are aware Roberto will be difficult to shift especially as he’s not willing to take a pay-cut to aid a move.

Mills explained that the Hammers will be able to find someone to take the 33-year-old despite him making high-profile errors as Liverpool managed to get rid of Loris Karius.

When asked if West Ham might be stuck with Roberto given he doesn’t want to take a pay cut, Mills told Football Insider: “There will always be someone who takes a gamble, it’s at what level a side is prepared to take that gamble, and on what wage.

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“We know the Premier League pay well, so West Ham may need to pull off a clever deal where they pay a little bit of his wages just to get him out.

“Whether that be on loan or maybe to a foreign club, just to get him regular playing football again then go from there.

“Look at Karius, Liverpool got rid of him after high-profile mistakes.

“Everyone makes mistakes, someone somewhere will trust him, someone will believe in him and someone will give him an opportunity.

“It might not be on a full wage but it’s up to West Ham to do that deal, and do that negotiation.”

Roberto arrived at the London Stadium in the summer after joining the Hammers on a free transfer from La Liga club Espanyol.

The experienced shot-stopper has featured 10 times this season across all competitions, conceding 21 goals in the process.

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