West Ham confirm departure of four players as David Moyes plans summer transfer rebuilding mission

West Ham United have released the annual list of players who will leave the London stadium at the end of the 2021/22 season. The Hammers confirmed the departure of four first-team players and six development team players once their respective contracts expire on June 30.

Andriy Yarmolenko, David Martin, Ryan Fredericks and Mark Noble will leave east London for new avenues in the coming weeks, although the latter will officially retire after 18 seasons as a first-team player. Nathan Holland, Jayden Fevrier, Bernardo Rosa, Amadou Diallo, Ossama Ashley and scholar Isaac Evans will also leave West Ham on June 30.

The Hammers thanked each and every player for their service to the club and honored them with an overview reminiscent of their best moments in a West Ham shirt. The club statement that followed their announcement read: “West Ham United would like to thank all the players who are leaving for their hard work and dedication during their careers at Claret and Blue and wish them the very best in their future careers.”

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The few departures are likely to spark a busy summer transfer window for Moyes, which will see the goodbyes of three key first-team players. Noble played 550 times for the Hammers and directly contributed to 123 goals.

The 35-year-old has won two Hammer of the Year awards, two play-off finals and has led the club to Europe in each of his last two seasons at Claret and Blue. While the midfielder has tended to appear on the sidelines this season, Noble’s exit will be a crushing blow as Moyes will lose a leader in the dressing room.

Yarmolenko made 86 appearances after four seasons in east London, directly contributing to 20 goals. The 32-year-old has scored some memorable goals during his time at West Ham but no more than in victories over Aston Villa and Sevilla in March this year.

It was an emotional return to the West Ham team for Andriy Yarmolenko against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
It was an emotional return to the West Ham team for Andriy Yarmolenko against Aston Villa earlier in the season (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Fredericks has made 77 appearances for West Ham since arriving in 2018, directly contributing to nine goals. He has been instrumental in the Hammers’ success of late, making five appearances in the club’s run to this season’s UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

Martin joined West Ham in June 2019 and made a memorable debut for the Hammers in a 1-0 Premier League win at Chelsea in November of that year. The 36-year-old’s performance that day will go down in folklore among fans at London Stadium.

And as part of the rebuild, Moyes has already told David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady that he is set to hand the reins at the signing this summer. Speaking to Sky Sports last month, the Scot insisted he will always have the last word on new signings.

“I still think the manager should have the last word,” Moyes said. “A lot of clubs have sporting directors and as long as the manager works closely with them you can work on it and do it. But I always think that ultimately a manager tends to lose his job through bad recruitment.

“If you get a chance, if you get enough transfer windows, then you will be judged, so you have to try and do your recruitment well. I see it as part of my daily work (planning transfers and recruitment).

“I dont do this everyone in a single day but there are parts of the job where I have to look at the squad of players I have going forward, the young players I have at the club and what might be available outside as well.

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