West Ham United have released defender Stephen Hendrie after the club and player mutually agreed that the time was right for him to move on.

The 22-year-old joined from Hamilton back in 2015 but was never able to establish himself in the first-team, in fact, he didn’t even make an appearance.

The only competitive football he’s had since arriving at West Ham came during loan spells Southend United and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

West Ham are reportedly looking to free up room in their squad, and perhaps more importantly, in their wage bill as Slaven Bilic looks to bring in some new players to freshen up his squad after a rather poor season.

West Ham entered the 2016/17 campaign full of optimism but a poor start, followed by the Dmitri Payet saga, soon left the club at the wrong end of the table.

By reducing the wage bill now, West Ham will hope to be able to pay the going rate to potential targets.