West Ham may be forced to sell three first-team stars this summer amid growing financial concerns among club chiefs, Football Insider has learned.
The Hammers announced a week ago they had become the second Premier League club to defer part of their wages because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that discussions have taken place among club chiefs about a need for far more drastic option due to the changed economics in football.
One possibility mooted by joint-chairman and owner David Sullivan is for the club to sell up to three first-team stars to make ends meet.
West Ham do not want to lose star man Declan Rice and would prefer to cash in on other leading assets, with the likes of Felipe Anderson seen at this stage as more expendable.
Certainly, manager David Moyes is aware he is likely to have to cash in on some big names to fund other signings.
The Londoners recently announced a whopping £28m loss for last season despite turnover increasing £15m to £191m.
The possibility that the Coronavirus pandemic could lead to the season being voided would lead to an estimated £37m shortfall from broadcasting, matchday and commercial revenues.
Transfer fees are expected to crash this summer and West Ham may be forced to sell the likes of Anderson for less than what they paid for them.
As part of the already cost cutting already in place Moyes, vice-chairman Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking 30 per cent pay cuts.
Joint chairmen Sullivan and David Gold are putting £30m into the club.
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