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West Ham United signing yields fire sale

vazte.jpgWest Ham United fans inside the Football Transfer Tavern have been busy celebrating the arrival of Andy Carroll on a permanent deal this week, although Andrew Dillon of The Sun reckons the club have put four players up for sale to finance the deal.

Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga, Alou Diarra and Matt Taylor are reportedly all up for sale in a bid to offset a potential £55 million investment in the England international striker.

Former Bolton Wanderers forward Vaz Te is set to be the most high profile casualty, the man famous for scoring the winning goal for the Hammers in the 2012 Championship Play-Off Final victory over Blackpool that secured their return to the Premier League.

The Portuguese forward has since struggled in the Premier League however, and would command a fee of around £3.5 million.

Sam Allardyce is also looking to gain around £1.5 million for 31 -year-old winger Taylor, who is searching for regular first team football having grown tired of his role as a substitute at Upton park.

Mali forward Modibo Maiga cost the club £4.7 million last summer, but having failed to get any sort of regular first team football, is also up for sale, whilst midfielder Alou Diarra is keen on a return to France, after the 31-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Rennes.

The Hammers need all these deals to go through during this window, having spent a club record £16 million on Carroll, whilst offering the forward a contract worth £100,000-a-week in wages.

Should the Hammers be looking to retain any of the quartet or should they all be allowed to depart? Let us know your thoughts below.

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