West Ham set to release left-back just eight months after signing him

Reports in Romania suggest Razvan Rat is on his way out of Upton Park today.

West Ham United have snapped up Pablo Armero on a loan deal from Napoli - and he will add vital cover to the full-back positions in which The Hammers have looked weak all season. 

With Joey O’Brien out it also made great sense to bring in the talented Colombian.

But it also seems to have facilitated the exit of another player in the form of Razvan Rat.

The Romanian international striker chose West Ham ahead of interest from the likes of Marseille last summer - after deciding to end his long association with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

Now it is reported he will cancel his contract at the club and leave for nothing.

Suggestions in Romanian media have begun this rumour, and his agent Florin Manea has confirmed such a possibility:

"Yes, it is possible to terminate with West Ham. Negotiate with another team.”

Rat has become something of a cult hero among some fans. His onesie modelling has earned him fans in the stands as well as his eccentric and often amusing attitude - his decision to take the number eight shirt upon arrival certainly demonstrated that.

Unfortunately, his eccentricity has not been translated into excellent performances on the football pitch.

He has struggled to find his best form for the club - and despite being a popular and nice bloke he simply isn’t cutting it in the Premier League.

He is now being linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas or perhaps another team in England on a short term deal.

But let us embrace perhaps the best moment of his short, eight month, West Ham career…

image: © Matthew Black

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