Well, the first player to depart the Hammers over the break is James Tomkins with a £10m move to Thornton Heath FC.
EXWHUEMPLOYEE gives a fair and succinct summary as to the reasoning behind this:
James Tomkins to seal his move. It is expected, as we have widely reported, that Tomkins will join Palace. The deal should rise to around the £12.5m mark which represents a good deal for all involved.
Burke to get his chance: Part of the thinking behind selling Tomkins is that Reece Burke will be given his chance to establish himself with the first team squad as an immediate replacement. Bilic has apparently vetoed any move to loan him out and he will figure in the European matches. His contract is due to expire this season and the club hope increased football will encourage him to sign a new deal. Both Reece’s, Oxford and Burke, are seen as the future of the club with West Ham being desperate to tie both players down to longer deals.
Whilst a product of the Youth Academy, I saw that last term it was diffcult for him to get a game or a regualr berth in the side thanks to the form of Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid and with the emerging talents of Burke and Oxford, I am in agreement that this represents good VFM.
I wish him the best and I know that he will be in safe hands at Thornton Heath FC under Pardew who managed him 7 years ago.