West Ham release six players
PUBLISHED: 13:41 25 May 2017
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Hammers get rid of misfits Tore and Arbeloa plus send Calleri back
West Ham misfits Gokhan Tore and Alvaro Arbeloa will both leave the club in the summer after failing to impress during a tough first season at the London Stadium.
Also on the way out is loanee Jonathan Calleri as well as youngsters Sam Howes, Sam Ford, Kyle Knoyle and Sam Westley, who have not been offered new deals by the club.
Turkey winger Tore has been a hue disappointment, playing just eight times for the Hammers and failing to impress after an initial promising display against Bournemouth.
He will return to Besiktas, while striker Calleri goes back to his Uruguayan parent club Deportivo Maldonado after a tough season which saw him score just a deflected goal at Middlesbrough.
The youngster appeared 19 times for the club, but perhaps the die was cast in the friendly clash against Juventus when he was put clean through, but failed to score.
He was on the point of returning to South America in January, but was persuaded to stay by manager Slaven Bilic. He did improve and put in a fine display in the win over Spurs, but it was not enough for West Ham to stump up the £16million to secure him permanently.
Arbeloa’s departure was much more predictable. The World Cup and Champions League winner was clearly way past his best on arrival and hardly made an appearance in his time at the club.
Made four appearances all season and became the forgotten man of West Ham, although he did manage to wangle his way on to the trip to Dubai.
He will not be missed.
Perhaps most surprising is the departure of young goalkeeper Sam Howes.
He has played for England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level and had a successful spell at National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough this season.
Football is a tough game though and Howes, as well as Kyle Knoyle, who was on loan at Dundee, Sam Westley, son of Academy Director Terry and Sam Ford are all deemed surplus to requirements.
On the positive front, Moses Makasi and Noha Silvestre have signed new one-year deals, while Alfie Lewis and Conor Coventry have signed their first pro deals with the club.
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