West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to sanction a permanent sale of youngster Marcus Browne, according to a report published by Football Insider.
The 21-year-old spent last season in the League One with Oxford United. He got regular playing time and did fairly well as he went on to play 44 times in all competitions, scoring nine goals.
The will come as something of a surprise for West Ham fans.
Browne is still young and did fairly well in the third-tier of English football, which is a very physically demanding league, so one would have thought that he would have received opportunities to impress the Hammers hierarchy.
With West Ham already having quite a few options to call upon in midfield, it appears that Pellegrini has deemed the player as surplus to requirements and does not feel that he is good enough to make the grade.
Perhaps, Browne would have also got no playing time had he stayed with the club. He would essentially be behind the likes of Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko, Robert Snodgrass and Grady Diangana in the club’s pecking order.
West Ham will be looking to challenge for Europa League action next season. They need to bolster their side further if they want to be a threat to the so-called top six sides in the League next season.
Fornals has so far been the best addition to the side though the club is in urgent need of strikers this summer and someone who can score 15-20 goals per season.