West Ham could struggle to offload Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini this summer, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested suitors would be put off by the attackers’ wage demands.
As reported by the Evening Standard, the Irons are set to try and offload both Lanzini and Anderson permanently to raise transfer funds.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, Lanzini is keen to quit the London Stadium at the end of the season after falling down the pecking order.
It is understood the Hammers blocked the 28-year-old from joining PSG on loan in January.
The Argentine has started just three times in 14 Premier League appearances this season.
His contract, worth a reported £100,000-a-week, is set to expire in 2023, although West Ham have an optional two-year extension clause.
Meanwhile, Anderson, 28, has spent the entire season on loan at Porto.
However, he has made just four league appearances for the Portuguese giants.
It was reported Anderson has a basic wage of £100,000-a-week, which could be worth as much as £140,000-a-week with bonuses.
His deal is set to run until next summer.
With finances hit hard by the Covid pandemic, Whelan admitted teams may struggle to offer the same big-money wages.
As such, he suggested the Hammers could be stuck with the out-of-favour pair.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Look, I mean, it’s not easy with the epidemic. Clubs have lost money.
“It’s not an easy one to get players out and command wages. Everyone’s trying to make a cut to keep their financial system and status in as happy a way as possible.
“That might mean they can’t pay out big wages to players that are already on big contracts.
“It’s not going to be an easy one to force players out of a club or find suitable buyers that have that amount of money that will match the players’ expectations.”