Manchester United youth and Wolves hero among 3 players West Ham must ditch

West Ham Upton Park

The former Red Devils midfielder should be jettisoned alongside an unwanted striker and a big-money midfield flop at Upton Park.

Sam Allardyce has been busy this summer, with a handful of high-profile players arriving at West Ham as the Iron look to improve on last season’s indifferent Premier League campaign.

But while the Hammers boss has plenty in the way of new talent to call on, including the latest crop of youngsters preparing to make the step-up to the first-team, the Londoners could also do with clearing out some of the dead wood.

With that in mind, here are three of the big names West Ham would do well to cut their losses on.

Matt Jarvis

Signed from Wolves for a substantial £7.5 million two seasons ago, big things were expected of a winger many predicted would one day feature for England at international level. Instead, 57 fairly uninspiring performances have followed along with four goals.

Jarvis appears to be on his way out of Upton Park too, with West Brom thought to be keeping close tabs on the 28-year-old. Allardyce would be wise to cash-in while he has the chance.

Modibo Maiga

Arriving from Sochaux in France, where he had managed 24 goals in 59 games, Maiga started brightly for West Ham, scoring on his full home debut against Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup before adding a Premier League goal in mid-October during a 4-1 victory over Southampton.

Just four more goals have followed since in two largely barren campaigns for the Hammers, while a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers was similarly unsuccessful. Yet to receive a squad number for the coming season, unlike Andy Carroll, this is one striker West Ham could definitely do without.

Ravel Morrison

An undoubtedly talented player capable of performing at the highest level, it is Morrison’s off-the-pitch antics that make him a liability and someone who, perhaps, may not fit into the required group mentality of a successful Premier League squad.

Currently in the midst of a court battle, the midfielder has nevertheless attracted interest from Championship side Cardiff City and after doing well on-loan at QPR last season, it could suit both parties for Morrison to make a fresh start away from the distractions of London life.

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