West Ham face a fight over taking Robert Snodgrass back to the club with loan-side Aston Villa demanding they repay the £2million fee spent on securing his signing over the summer, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim on their website that Hammers boss David Moyes is keen on seeing the 30-year-old Scotland winger return to the London Stadium in January, with the club having shipped him out on loan during the last window.
However the Villans, for who the 25-cap international has made 22 appearances, scored six goals and chipped in with six assists, are said to be wanting to see the £2million loan fee returned to cut the deal short, with the original agreement seeing him join on a season-long contract.
Snodgrass has only made 15 appearances for the Hammers since joining from Hull City a year ago, and his signing was publicly questioned by the club’s co-owner David Sullivan.
Football Insider verdict
Maybe Moyes is hoping to reevaluate the winger’s status at West Ham, but he does not seem to offer much to the current squad at the London Stadium. The Hammers are well stocked with attacking options, although Michail Antonio’s recent injury woes might have played a role in the manager’s bid to bring Snodgrass back. On the other hand, maybe he wants to build up some transfer funds and is seeking a permanent exit for the Scottish international. Either way, Snodgrass is succeeding with Villa and his exit seems unlikely unless West Ham stump up the fee to get him back, which would defeat the point of his return if he is going to be sold, but would be a cheaper option at replacing Antonio than signing a new recruit.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are set to table a wage-doubling offer for a hot prospect.