Although West Ham are in desperate need of a striker, it has been reported that the Hammers have terminated Mladen Petric's contract just three months after signing with the club.
The former Fulham forward came to West Ham in September on a free transfer when it became apparent Andy Carroll would miss some time off through injury. The signing was a bit puzzling considering it was clear he'd only be a squad player. Now, it seems Sam Allardyce has made the decision not to have a player pointlessly on contract as he tries to have as much funds available before the January window.
Petric made just three substitute appearances during his time with the Hammers despite signing a one year deal. Clearly, the Irons will be hoping for a more permanent and quality striker to be bought in come January.
The 32-year-old seemed like more of a desperation signing than a functional one. When the club re-signed Carlton Cole, it was obvious Petric would play no part in West Ham's season.
Petric talked of his lack of time on the pitch in October, as he said, "I'm a striker. I want to play and I'm sure I'll get my time on the pitch."
The club are yet to confirm Petric's release, but The Mirror claims it has been finalised. So, while we are waiting on final confirmation from the club, it wouldn't come as a massive surprise if the story is true. Hopefully his release will mean we have another striker in mind for the January window, who could make much more of an impact in our constantly depressing season.