Date: 9th January 2019 at 7:03am
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West Ham’s defensive restructure is set to continue and a significant departure is set to be approved at the end of the current season, according to Sport 24.

The Greek outlet states that Arthur Masuaku will be allowed to leave this summer after falling down the pecking order at the London Stadium, with Manuel Pellegrini keen on signing Olympiakos full-back Leonardo Koutris as his replacement.

West Ham were first linked with Koutris in November by The Daily Mirrorwho suggested a £5m bid for the 24-year-old would be lodged in the mid-season window, but it now appears that Pellegrini has placed that move on the backburner for the time being.

Offloading Masuaku, who is on a reported £40k-a-week deal according to Spotracwould raise funds for the Hammers to complete a move for Koutris, who was born in Brazil but made his international debut for Greece in November.

Masuaku has featured 15 times in the Premier League this season and is an important member of Pellegrini’s squad but his defensive efforts have regularly been under scrutiny.

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