West Ham abandon plans to sign Alex Song and two other stars (Sky)
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham will not take up options to sign on-loan trio Alex Song, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike permanently, according to Sky Sports.
The TV station reported via its website on Monday afternoon that the three senior players will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season.
Song, 28, Moses, 25, and Emenike, 29, are currently on loan to West Ham until the end of the season from Barcelona, Chelsea and Al Ain respectively.
West Ham have the option in the contracts of the three players to make all the deals permanent, but Sky report that the Hammers have decided not to do so after they failed to secure regular places in Slaven Bilic’s team.
As reported by Football Insider, the high-flying Londoners have already started making plans to revamp their squad in the summer window.
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As part of the rebuilding programme, Bilic is said to have sanctioned the departure of Song following his second consecutive season on loan.
The former Arsenal player has started just eight Premier League matches this season and has been an unused substitute in West Ham’s last three games as Bilic prefers Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate in central midfield.
Moses has not started in the Premier League since December after suffering a hamstring injury in the goalless draw with Manchester United.
Emenike joined West Ham on a six-month loan deal in January following the departure of Nikica Jelavic but the striker is yet to open his league account, with both of his goals coming in the 5-1 FA Cup fifth-round victory over Blackburn.