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West Ham United may be forced to sell one star to avoid Premier League rule breach

West Ham could be forced into selling one of their players to avoid breaching Premier League rules, according to the Evening Standard.

On August 30, the newspaper published a story on its website stating that the Hammers may be compelled to trade a foreign player before the transfer deadline on Friday, September 1; just 17 players out of the 25-man team may not be homegrown.

If a new acquisition is made in the next 36 hours, Manuel Lanzini and Gianluca Scamacca might have to follow Edson Alvarez, Konstantinos Mavropanos, and Mohammed Kudus in leaving East London this summer.


Given the club’s desperation to sign a foreign forward, it is likely that West Ham will be forced to allow another non-homegrown player to leave during this window.

Tim Steidten, the technical director for the Irons, is currently in Brazil trying to negotiate a deal for a new striker, which would necessitate letting someone go.

The Daily Mail reported on August 31 that the Hammers and Everton are in discussions on authorizing the exit of the Ivory Coast international. Maxwell Cornet appears to be the most likely choice given his struggles to make an impression since joining from Burnley last year.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the versatile forward move on given that he has fallen well down the pecking order under David Moyes.

He hasn’t had much chance to impress and could still prove his worth for us, but if his exit means a new striker can come in, then it’s a necessary step we have to take.

In other West Ham news, the club have turned their attentions to a £51million-rated forward.

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Pedro: Hammers reveal the truth

West Ham have admitted there is no chance of them signing Flamengo forward Pedro which has been widely speculated today as a target for the club.

It was reported by the Daily Mirror that technical director Tim Steidten remained in Brazil in the hope of signing the player after the failure of West ham’s bid to do a deal with Corinthians for Alberto.

Brazilian international Pedro has a £51million release clause, Claret and Hugh has been told by it’s key source that it will be impossible to sign the player and that the manager has no interest in him anyway.

That may come as a surprise given the player has a magnificent record for Flamengo, having scored 94 goals in 197 appearances for the Rio de Janeiro-based club.

However, even had Moyes changed his mind it would be impossible to bring him in at this late stage anyway  with our source telling us exclusively: There’s no chance on Pedro.  The manager doesn’t fancy him and he’ s still in Brazil, so it’s impossible to fly in and get a  medical etc in time anyway.”

However, he added significantly: “There is a small chance of somebody else arriving before the window closes.”

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