Sources: 28-yr-old has nine matches to save West Ham career

Fabian Balbuena has nine games to save his West Ham career, Football Insider understands.

The central defender, 28, has dropped down the Hammers pecking order and was an unused substitute for their eight league matches prior to the mid-March lockdown.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club will listen to offers for Balbuena this summer if he does not force his way back into David Moyes’ plans.

The London club’s summer transfer plans will mostly be dictated by whether they avoid Premier League relegation.

But Balbuena is one of those who is likely to leave whatever the outcome of the team’s last nine matches.

Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna had been Moyes’ preferred centre-back partnership, with Aaron Cresswell occasionally slotting across when the manager deployed a three-man defence.

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Balbuena has gone backwards since a creditable opening campaign at the Irons following his £4million arrival in the summer of 2018 and after a string opening campaign.

He has struggled to recover since a woeful performance in the 5-0 opening day thrashing at the hands of Man City.

Balbuena has made 13 league appearances, 12 of which have been in the starting XI, among 17 in all competitions this season.

West Ham could now cut their losses on the 14-times Paraguay international.

He has one year remaining on his contract and the next transfer window represents the last opportunity to secure a decent fee.

In other West Ham news, a Hammers forward has rejected the club’s offer of a new deal as he eyes shock exit.