West Ham must sell to buy, says Sullivan

David Sullivan, joint chairman of West Ham United, has said that in order to fund the signing of more players this summer, some members of the existing squad must be sold, Sky Sports has reported.

West Ham have so far spent a combined total of £20m on Liverpool pair Andy Carroll – who was on loan at the club last season – and Stewart Downing, while Razvan Rat, Adrien, and Danny Whitehead have also joined them this summer.

No Hammers player has been sold, however, with striker Carton Cole among those released at the end of last season. And Sullivan, who bought the club along with David Gold in 2010, has stressed that players must be sold to help make more signings, to comply with the new Financial Fair Play regulations.

He said: “Sam[Allardyce] and I are working tirelessly on identifying new targets to add to what has been a very good window for West Ham United thus far. However, the new rules state that if a team exceeds the new wage limit they could be hit with a points deduction.

As we are now close to that limit, players can only be brought in if there is money left in the wage budget, meaning any new signings at West Ham are dependent on other players leaving the club.

I have seen the suggestion that we should just give away or sell a few fringe players to free up the wages but I must stress this is easier said than done and despite our hard work over the summer, it just hasn’t been possible yet.

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