The summer transfer market is already being shaped by players whose previous clubs proved unable or unwilling to keep them when their contracts were expiring.
Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, James Milner, Danny Ings and Glen Johnson have all moved on this summer and the window next year will be no different.
As a host of players enter the final year of their deals, coveted footballers can find themselves in an even more enviable position when they are able to enter the market without...
New West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will not be in charge of the team for their opening Europa League qualifier, with academy manager Terry Westley defending the decision.
Bilic replaced Sam Allardyce at Upton Park on June 9 but will only be in the stands for Thursday's clash with Andorran minnows FC Lusitans, despite a sell-out crowd packing the stadium.
The Hammers reached Europe through the Fair Play League and so enter the competition at the first qualifying round, just 40 days since their final fixture...
The news that defender Aaron Cresswell has signed a five-year contract at West Ham is another boost for the club as they prepare for their Europa League campaign later this week.
These are heady days at Upton Park. Just a few years ago, the Hammers had an unenviable reputation for seeing their best players spirited away by clubs offering better money and a brighter future.
BEST OF ESPN FC
- Jolly: Top Prem stars available in 2016
- Canales: Chicharito injury a crushing blow
- Cox: Big names that could move on this summer
- Rigg: Madrid are stumbling in transfer window
- Toe Poke: Wedding groom does CR7 shout
- FC TV: Barca invincible with Pogba? | Clyne England's RB
- Transfer Talk | News | All the done deals
The summer months would involve endless speculation, with fans living in certain knowledge that the team sheet in August would...
West Ham are willing to offload captain Kevin Nolan as Slaven Bilic looks to overhaul the squad this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.
Former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce signed Nolan shortly after his arrival at Upton Park in 2011 but, following his departure, the club are ready to listen to offers for the 33-year-old.
ESPN FC has been told that a number of clubs, including Nolan's former side Bolton Wanderers, are monitoring the midfielder's position.
Bilic, who has been charged with securing...