West Ham United are set to send left back Pablo Armero back to Napoli at the end of the season after a three month loan agreement.
The Hammers had been thought keen to look for a permanent deal for the Colombian international at a fee of around 3 million. But were Sam Allardyce to remain as manager – which is currently very much in the balance – Armero now looks set for a return to his parent club.
The left back position has been the most troublesome for some time within the Hammers set-up and Armero had been ‘talked up’ by insiders at the club as the likely answer to problem. But after giving away a penalty in the defeat against Crystal Palace and failing to impress in previous outings, interest has cooled considerably.
And a source made it clear to FootballDirectNews.com exclusively that the club owners – who intend to have a bigger say in transfer dealings this season – want the manager, whoever he may be, to scour the market closely before making any decision.
He said: “He’s not proved necessarily to be the answer and although he’s decent getting forward, there are question marks over his defensive abilities. ”
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