West Ham set to release African trio
West Ham will not take up the options to sign Alex Song, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike on permanent deals at the end of the season.
The Hammers are set to move to the Olympic Stadium next season, leaving the Boleyn Ground at the end of the campaign, to start a new era in the club’s history.
And Song, Moses and Emenike will not be a part of the club’s future, with the club set for European football next season.
Song joined the club in the summer for a second consecutive season on loan, after initially joining the club temporarily from Barcelona in 2014.
The Cameroon international made an impression on former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce last season – particularly during his first four months in east London – but didn’t take up the opportunity to sign him permanently then, after the 28-year-old suffered an ankle injury.
However, he was sidelined for the first three months of his second stint with West Ham – finally making his first appearance of the campaign in a 4-1 defeat to London rivals Tottenham, in November. But he has struggled to maintain his place in the Hammers side under new boss Slaven Bilic.
Meanwhile, Moses’ loan move from Chelsea got off to a bright start, starting 11 matches and scoring in the Hammers 2-1 win over Manchester City.
But Moses hasn’t started for West Ham since suffering a six-week lay off with a hamstring injury in a goalless draw with Manchester United in December.
And Emmanuel Emenike made a good impression in the Hammers’ thrashing of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, scoring twice, but has failed to score since, in nine appearances, having joined on loan from Al Ain – having joined on a six-month loan deal in January.
Bilic’s side have been linked with some big names this summer, including Liverpool’s Christian Benteke and Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.