West Ham's patience with injury-prone midfielder Kieron Dyer has finally snapped, according to recent tabloid reports.
The 30-year-old midfielder has not played a full 90 minutes for the Hammers since August 2007 and if the club have secretly decided to cut their loses on the £6million recruit it would not be a surprise.
Dyer, who was signed from Newcastle in 2007, picked up a virus whilst on the verge of a comeback in December and now the former England man is understood to have been hit by a hip problem.
Dyer made two 90-minute appearances last season before he suffered a double leg fracture in a cup clash with Bristol Rovers in August 2007.
Since then Dyer has been the forgotten man at Upton Park and has made just two sub appearances—both in January 2009 for a total of 23 minutes football.
Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury is believed to be paying Dyer around £60,000 a week and the club are believed to be keen to offload Dyer at the end of the season.
New boss Gianfranco Zola is keen to stamp his authority on the squad and the performances of Jack Collison, Scott Parker and Valon Behrami will mean Dyer won't be missed at Upton Park.
The midfield trio have been terrific in West Ham's recent revival which has seem them climb into eighth place in the Premier League and football odds of 9.0 to break into the top six this season.
Dyer's team-mate Dean Ashton could also be a victim after his own injury problems.
The 25-year-old former Norwich striker hasn't played a game since September 2008 after picking up an ankle knock, but with age on his side Zola might be best advised to persist with Ashton, who was tipped to become an England regular.
By Phil Tomlinson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football and football betting.