West Ham could axe FIVE players as Manuel Pellegrini gets set for busy transfer window

One of the first players who could leave in the upcoming transfer window is Pedro Obiang.

According to the Daily Star, the 27-year-old midfielder is being courted by several Serie A teams, including Roma.

The midfielder joined the Hammers back in 2015 for £4.3million from Sampdoria.

During his time with West Ham he has made 89 league appearances, scoring three goals and three assists.

In addition to Obiang leaving, several West Ham strikers could be on their way out of the East London club, as the team have struggled to find the back of the net this season.

One player who is expected to leave to Spanish striker Luca Perez.

The ex-Gunner signed for a reported £4m last summer and has only managed three goals this season in just over a dozen appearances.

Another striker set to leave the London Stadium is Andy Carroll.

The injury-prone target-man, who was signed for £15m back in 2013, will not be offered a new contract.

During Caroll’s time with West Ham, he has made 126 league appearances, but only scored 26 goals in his seven seasons with the club.

Pellegrini is also reportedly unsure about the futures of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.

During the January transfer window Arnautovic was heavily linked to a move to the Chinese Super League after reportedly being offered a lucrative deal from Shanghai SIPG.

The exodus of players could help to make room for West Ham to sign AC Milan’s attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.

The 25-year-old Turkish international is wanted by several clubs and the Hammers might have to compete with Leicester for the player’s signature, reports Turkish outlet Fanatik.

Milan are looking to sell their free-kick expert after breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

The Italian club are looking to balance their book and Calhanoglu is reportedly open to a move to the Premier League, with Milan reportedly asking £26m for him.

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