The chance of West Ham United offloading Sofiane Feghouli in the January transfer window has increased after the midfielder was left out of Algeria’s squad for the African Cup of Nations, FourFourTwo report.
The gifted playmaker joined the Premier League club on a free transfer over the summer after his contract expired with Spanish side Valencia.
However, despite Feghouli’s capture being seen at the time as something of a coup, the North African has struggled to adapt to life in English football.
The presence of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini as West Ham’s major creators has limited the Algerian’s time on the pitch and talk that he could leave the club in January has been rife in the media.
The fact that Feghouli will not compete in the African Cup of Nations will surely be an appeal to potential suitors, with the midfielder able to complete a deal sooner as a result.
The chances of a loan switch elsewhere seem high, with recent reports suggesting that French side Marseille were keen on the West Ham fringe figure.