West Ham fans have besieged co-owner David Gold on Twitter after it was reported that the club had decided to cash in on centre-back Jose Fonte.
The Daily Record has claimed that Fonte, 34, will jet out to Asia on Monday in order to complete a £4.9million move to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
It is understood that the 27-times Portugal international will pen a three-year deal with Yifang after falling well down the pecking order at the London Stadium under David Moyes’ leadership.
Fonte has made just eight appearances in all competitions for the Hammers this term and has not kicked a ball since returning from a spell on the sidelines with injury.
And now it seems that he will never play for the London club again with a move to China on the verge of going through.
Now, West Ham fans have hounded Gold and other members of the board on Thursday after reports of Fonte leaving.
One supporter claimed it is a “strange” decision to let the former Southampton centre-back leave the club.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
So Fonte is off to China. Another player going outwards. The @davidgold and Sullivan asset stripping fund continues to rise!
— AllSportsView (@AllSportsView) February 22, 2018
Did the manager make the decision to sell Fonte @davidgold @karren_brady given he makes all decisions on transfers now? Strange decision for late February given our squad size #whu #moneyfirst #pleasebequietfans
— Micky Palmer (@Oxley16) February 22, 2018
— LR (@LewisRelf_) February 22, 2018
Don’t sell fonte @davidgold you mug
— Riley???????? (@MajesticMarioo) February 22, 2018
Dont sell my Fonte @Davidgold
— West Hammers (@mywhu0511) February 22, 2018
— JAS ⚒ (@cliffor67) February 22, 2018
— ⚒ Claret and Blue ⚒ (@andymasonirons) February 22, 2018
The Mirror reported last year that Fonte is earning £65,000-a-week at the London Stadium on the deal he signed when moving from Southampton for £8million just months earlier.
Fonte and team-mate Robert Snodgrass, who bags £60,000-a-week while out on loan at Aston Villa, were both said to be unhappy at the Hammers before being criticised by co-owner David Sullivan.