Filed: Tuesday, 2nd August 2011
By: Staff Writer
Of the 17 players either sold or released by West Ham since the end of last season only five are still without a new club.
And the most high profile of those is former club captain Matthew Upson who, despite being linked with a string of lower half Premier League clubs throughout the summer, is still yet to sign for anyone.
In addition to Upson, fellow internationals Lars Jacobsen and Thomas Hitzlsperger are yet to secure new contracts. German international Hitzlsperger has been strongly linked with a move to Wolves in the past week although like Upson, he remains a free agent.
Meanwhile the majority of the Academy youngsters released by the club have landed contracts elsewhere - including midfielder Anthony Edgar (Yeovil) and Holmar Eyjolfsson (Bochum).
The dear departed
Demba Ba: Newcastle Utd (free transfer)
Wayne Bridge: Manchester City (end of loan)
Kieron Dyer: QPR (free transfer)
Danny Gabbidon: QPR (free transfer)
Robbie Keane: Tottenham (end of loan)
Jonathan Spector: Birmingham City (free transfer)
Anthony Edgar: Yeovil Town (free transfer)
Luis Boa Morte: To be confirmed (free transfer)
Manuel Da Costa: Locomotiv Moscow (Russian Premier League, €1.5m)
Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson: VfL Bochum (Bundesliga 2, free transfer)
Radoslav Kovac: FC Basel (Swiss Super League, £500,000)
Victor Obinna: Lokomotiv Moscow (Russian Premier League, end of loan)
Thomas Hitzlsperger; Lars Jacobsen; Matthew Upson.
Filip Modelski is currently on trial with GKS Belchatow (Poland) whilst the whereabouts of Adam Street, who returned to Canada earlier in the year are currently unknown.
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07:26PM 5th Aug 2011
''According to Robbie Savage on 5-Live, out-of-contract players pick up at least one month's wages from the PFA at the end of their contract. So, in the case of an overrated, centre-half team captain who can't distribute the ball nor seemingly motivate teammates and who is unlikely to get the same wage at another club, it's not in their interests to sign for another club until they've been paid out by the PFA.
Why we didn't move Upson on and keep James Collins I have no idea; Upson was under-performing back then.''
by West herts Hammer
08:39AM 3rd Aug 2011
''Captain? It serves him right, such a lack of any application or passion. He should have been stripped of his positon when he wouldnt sign a new contract. Offer Scotty a player/coach role under BFS but keep him at all costs.''
by Lee Rusz
09:26PM 2nd Aug 2011
''Re: Upson. I've always felt that he thought that he was too good for us. And that we were a stepping stone to bigger things. Unfortunately for him he was wrong!''
08:24PM 2nd Aug 2011
''Adam Street is back in Canada currently working as a trainer-for-hire with a local company called Eurostar Goalkeeper Academy.''
by g portugal
04:33PM 2nd Aug 2011
''Allowing Spector to leave on a free, only to see him sign for a potential promotion rival (Birmingham) shows poor judgement. Spector would have been useful to us in getting out of the Championship. Boa Morte would have been useful as well. Certainly more so than Zavon Hines, Barrera and a couple others still hanging around. Most of the departures were for the best from the club's point of view, but there were a couple glaring errors.''
12:59PM 2nd Aug 2011
''Hopefully his shameful lack of loyalty to WHU will have put other clubs off him - he's overrated, none more so than in his own mind!''
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