West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said that he’s already eyeing up squad changes for the summer, despite not knowing whether he’ll be around to see them come to fruition.
With only a handful of matches to go, the rumour mill is spluttering into life.
Swansea boss Garry Monk has already played down speculation of a switch from south Wales to east London this week.
He said: “They have a great manager already and my focus is on making sure we finish the season strongly.”
And already some on-field names are getting traction. Chelsea are hovering around Aaron Cresswell as are this weekend’s hosts Manchester City but the Irons are determined to keep the likely Player of the Year, bought for £2million from Ipswich.
Carlton Cole is another fans’ favourite and has been something of a resurrection man in the wake of Andy Carroll’s injury troubles. But the 31-year-old, too, may be looking at other offers if his contract is allowed to run out at the end of the season.
He said: “I’m trying my best to put myself in the best position to have a new contract, if not at West Ham then somewhere else. I am an adventurous guy. I wouldn’t mind a bit of China or even the MLS, you never know.”
£10million may be the asking price to keep Carl Jenkinson at the Boleyn. The right-back is on loan from Arsenal who are willing to let him go, with Liverpool on the hunt for his signature.
He said this week: “I’ve got to focus on my football for the time being and those things will look after themselves. But West Ham has been perfect for me, and I’ve loved every minute. It’s definitely a place I’d consider staying, but the ball is in Arsenal’s court.”
West Ham visit the Etihad this weekend at a time when City Manuel Pellegrini and Sam Allardyce could share experiences.
The champions have suffered six defeats in eight games and have slipped to fourth.
The visitors will be without Diafra Sakho. After undergoing a scan on Monday, the striker has been diagnosed with a thigh strain and is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Enner Valencia also underwent a scan on Monday and there is a question mark about his availability on Sunday.
Man City v West Ham, Sun, 1.30pm