West Ham United may now look to sell Arthur Masuaku
West Ham United may now look to sell Arthur Masuaku in the January transfer window, according to insiders Claret & Hugh.
The Lowdown: Masuaku at Besiktas
At the beginning of August, West Ham agreed to loan Masuaku to Besiktas until the end of the season, with a view to making the transfer permanent, should the Turkish side wish to.
The left-back started well in the Super Lig, featuring in every game prior to what is believed to be a knee injury, as per ExWHUemployee, who also states that this issue could keep him out for three months, casting doubt on whether he will depart the London Stadium.
The Latest: Claret & Hugh’s update
Despite the 29-year-old’s fitness concerns, there is still a ‘big hope’ that the club can cash in on him in January and complete a permanent transfer ‘early’, which could provide the club with a cash injection of £13m, as per Claret & Hugh.
Cash is said to be short at the London Stadium at present, with funds needing to be raised amid a £156m summer spending spree, which has so far not proven to be successful, with the Hammers 16th in the Premier League table.
The Verdict: Right decision?
Given the fact that the Hammers only spent £6m on the DR Congo international in 2016, if they are able to more than double their money on a player deemed surplus to requirements by David Moyes, it will be a very good piece of business.
Despite once being lauded as ‘excellent‘ by journalist Sam Inkersole, the defender simply isn’t up to the standard required at West Ham anymore, especially considering Aaron Cresswell is rated as the club’s third-best performer so far this season, with an average SofaScore rating of 7.07.
With esteemed 28-time Italy international Emerson providing a reliable option as a back-up to the Englishman, there is no room for Masuaku at the club, so Moyes will be hoping that he can perform well enough at Besiktas in the coming weeks to secure a move to Istanbul.