West Ham news: Hammers senior man set to be sold in January

By Wayne Veysey

2nd Dec, 2019 | 4:10pm

Sources: Pellegrini green lights West Ham player January sale, replacement lined up

West Ham will listen to offers for Roberto Jimenez in January after a dreadful series of performances, Football Insider understands.

The Hammers have set their sights on a new keeper to competition for Lukasz Fabianski and freshly-promoted understudy David Martin.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Manuel Pellegrini will free up space in their squad for a new keeper after giving the green light for Roberto to be sold following his axe at the weekend.

A return to Spain is the most likely option for the 33-year-old, who joined the London club in the summer on a free transfer.

It has proved to be a wretched piece of business by West Ham, who conceded 14 goals from his six Premier League starts, five of which were lost and the other drawn.

Pellegrini had supported Roberto’s arrival but accepts the keeper is ill equipped for the English top flight and his confidence has been left at rock bottom by his performances.

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West Ham have already started the process of lining up a replacement for the goalkeeper.

The Hammers are looking to beef up their homegrown quota and stay in line with Premier League regulations by signing an Englishman who is proven in the division.

Each top-flight club is required to have no more than 17 non-homegrown players in their squad, and this will be central to the club’s January plans.

Number three David Martin was handed his West Ham debut on Saturday and responded with a solid display in a memorable 1-0 win at Chelsea..

Like Roberto, the son of Hammers legend Alvin Martin arrived on a summer free after spending the entirety of his career in the lower leagues.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club’s new first choice is “VERY KEEN” to land the manager’s job.