West Ham are preparing to offload midfielder Carlos Sanchez in January, Football Insider has learned.
The 33-year-old has made little impression in nearly 18 months at the London Stadium since signing on a free transfer from Fiorentina.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are ready to sell him in the winter window if a buyer is willing to match their asking price of around £3.5million.
Sanchez was handed a lucrative contract of more than £50,000-a-week when he signed last year, a deal that expires next summer.
But he has made just 13 appearances for the club and struggled to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI.
The 88-times Colombia international was an unused substitute in today’s home defeat to Newcastle United as he failed to add to just the 13 minutes of Premier League action he has been given this season.
Sanchez’s only starts have come in the League Cup and he delivered a wretched performance in the 4-0 mauling by League One outfit Oxford United in late September.
Pellegrini has failed to be won over by Sanchez and the source explained that the manager does not trust him to perform in high intensity Premier League fixtures.
Declan Rice and Mark Noble are the established central midfielders in Pellegrini’s side, with Jack Wilshere also ahead of the Colombian in the pecking order.
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