The January transfer window continues to bring much speculation regarding comings and goings at West Ham, with ExWHUEmployee providing an update.
Following recent transfer updates from our Podcast co-host and club insider Ex, which showed the latest in our striker hunt and the club exploring familiar ground when it comes to possible acquisitions this January.
Ex has provided further information when reporting on The West Ham Way Patreon on Thursday night, firstly surrounding our younger crop of talent at the club, with some keen to seek further development by going out on loan.
“Divin Mubama has made it clear that he would like to go on a loan move as well but his contract situation makes the move hard because this is up at the end of the season,” said our insider. “There are a number of Championship and League One teams who would be prepared to give the forward a chance.
“Callum Marshall would also like to go on loan and he is on the brink of a new deal but for the time being has been told to stay with the club.
“Luizao has interest in him from back home in Brazil, most notably Botafogo and they will take him for the season.”
With regards to departures, there are currently a number of players who’s futures in east London appear close to coming to an end, which could free up much needed funds to reinvest in the squad this January.
“Said Benrahma has interest from Lyon, Marseille and Saudi teams,” said Ex. “We have also reported interest domestically from Fulham and his former team Brentford. Interestingly Benrahma started posting clips of himself playing for Brentford in a possible hint to his former employers to bring him back. The most likely move seems to be to Saudi but until then he is expected to feature in the cup game against Bristol City at this point.
“Nayef Aguerd again has had no offers and it is likely that at this stage he will remain at the club until at least the summer. Should this change then Max Killman is the preferred target with a number of other possibilities. Many of these targets I have listed before.
“There is also the possibility that Pablo Fornals could go but again there has been no offer and for the time being this again look like it could be a summer move.
“There has been talk of Ben Johnson going out on loan too with Leeds, Southampton and a couple of other clubs being linked. Again, his contract situation makes this tricky as he is out of contract in the summer, he also counts as home grown. With Kehrer having left it is felt that Moyes would rather keep hold of Johnson for the time being and the club will attempt again to get him to sign a new deal.
“Danny Ings’ future is in the balance. The obvious injury situation means his importance to the side has now been increased but also his wages make it very hard for him to move elsewhere. As it stands it looks like he will remain with us until the end of the season but we will let you know if this changes.”
Lastly, Ex provided an update on other possible incomers, with the club keeping tabs on a number of players who the club could make a move for.
“We exclusively broke the news of Jack Clarke of Sunderland (as well as the possibility of removing the sell on fee percentages agreed with the Ekwah and Alese sales) and Jonathan Rowe of Norwich,” added Ex. “There is definite interest in Clarke but no bid has been submitted yet.
“We also listed a couple of other home grown wingers too. The latest two names to emerge are Morgan Whittaker of Plymouth and Marcus Edwards of Sporting. Now both have had some interest but at the moment the club are not considering making an offer it seems although this could change this window.”
Ex will be keeping fans up to date on the situation as it develops further, exclusively on The West Ham Way Patreon.