Since being tasked with replacing Slaven Bilic as manager of West Ham United back in November, David Moyes has been able to improve a Hammers side that was sleepwalking its way to a calamitous relegation.
Despite sitting just above the bottom three, in 16th place, the Irons have lost just one of their past six league fixtures and are in better form than most of the sides around them, such as Southampton and free-falling Stoke City.
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Recently, Moyes has made no secret of his desire to add quality to his ranks during the current transfer window and whilst he has been linked with moves for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Steven Nâ€™Zonzi, the Hammers may have to get rid of a couple of players before being able to bring in new faces.
One such player is Andre Ayew, who has underwhelmed for the Hammers since joining from Swansea City in August 2016.
Since moving to the London Stadium, the Ghana international has failed to recapture the form that convinced West Ham to part with a then club record fee of Â£20.5 million.
Ayew has found the back of the net just three times from his 13 Premier League appearances this season and having spoken of his wish to bring in a wide player, coupled with the availability of Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez up front, Moyes should opt to cash in on the 28-year-old in order to beef up his transfer budget.
The recent form of Marko Arnautovic, along with the importance of key men Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini, means that the Ghanaian may find himself playing a more bit-part role under the Scot in the coming months and a player of Ayewâ€™s experience would not be short of suitors should he be made available.
Another player who should be shown the exit door at the London Stadium this month is fellow forward Diafro Sakho.
The 28-year-old was determined to leave the Hammers during last summerâ€™s transfer market only for his proposed move to French outfit Rennes to fall through despite undergoing a medical.
Sakho is widely expected to seek a move away from the club this month having failed to start a single league match so far this campaign and whilst Swansea City are interested in signing the Senegal international, it remains to be seen whether the Hammers would be willing to sell to a rival that is also fighting for survival.
The former Metz star is unlikely to feature regularly for Moyes between now and the end of the season, so it could be the best outcome for all parties if he were to move on.