West Ham identifies first two players for sale this January

West Ham United is gearing up for the winter transfer window, with the club looking to part ways with Michail Antonio and Maxwel Cornet to secure funds for a much-needed striker, writes the Claret&Hugh.

Antonio, a versatile player, is considered a potential inclusion in a cash-plus-player deal, providing the Hammers with an opportunity to bolster their attacking options. On the other hand, Cornet, who was brought in from Burnley for £17 million, seems to have fallen out of favor under manager David Moyes.

Despite not being the first player to face such a situation under Moyes, Cornet’s absence from the squad, even when not injured, raises questions about his future at the club. While Moyes has built a formidable team with the likes of Kudus and Bowen performing exceptionally well, Antonio finds himself on the sidelines.

The Hammers have communicated to Antonio that his return to the starting lineup seems unlikely, given the outstanding performances of other forwards. Kudus and Bowen have played pivotal roles in recent victories, making Antonio’s path back into the team challenging. The possibility of Antonio’s departure has increased, with the only potential return being through injuries to key players.

An insider from Claret&Hugh revealed, “Anything is possible, including straight cash or player-plus-cash offers. There certainly appears to be no way back for him at the moment, even though he is very close to recovery from his knee ligament problem. Cornet is another who could be in his way!”

As the winter transfer window approaches, West Ham remains open to negotiations, exploring options to reinforce their attacking prowess and secure the best deals for the club.