West Ham United could sell Vladimir Coufal during the January transfer window in an unexpected turn of events.

That is according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, who believes there is a strong possibility that the Czech Republic international could depart the London Stadium amidst interest from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

Asked whether a swift exit could occur for Coufal in January, Sheth told GIVEMESPORT, Sheth said: “That is definitely one to look out for.

There’s somebody I’ve been speaking to about Coufal and the feeling I’m getting is that the January transfer window could be one where West Ham will say ‘thank you for your service, but we’re going to move in a different direction and we’re going to allow you to go’.”

Coufal shock

There is no doubting Coufal’s impact for West Ham since he joined from Slavia Prague just two years ago.

Helping the club to two consecutive top-seven finishes, the now 30-year-old played a vital role in the club’s European charges and continues to do so, having featured six times in the Europa Conference League.

Though, minutes are a lot harder to come by in the league this season, with summer acquisition Thilo Kehrer sharing the role of right full-back, along with Ben Johnson who has turned out in that position five times this season.

As such, £35k-per-week Coufal has made just seven starts in the league, with a lack of consistent minutes seeing him struggle to get into a rhythm.

With David Moyes now said to have lost confidence in the Leverkusen-linked star, the club should look to cash in on the depreciating asset.

Even so, it comes as a slight shock given his service over the last couple of seasons, as well as West Ham’s depth and injury issues that have seen them get off to a poor start in the league this season.