It has just been reported that West Ham United have joined in the cull that often precedes the transfer window.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham have released talented youngsters Frank Nouble and Olly Lee, long time source of amusement Julian Faubert, and members of the old brigade in John Carew, Papa Bouba Diop and Abdoulaye Faye.
For me, the biggest shock in this is the departure of Olly Lee. The 20-year-old has received praise at every level and at every club that he has been with on loan. It would appear that Lee just couldn't make the jump that cripples so many promising youngsters.
The release of work horse Julian Faubert comes as little surprise. He has long been a fringe player who somehow managed to con his way into the first team. However, his time as a Hammer has now come to an end.
The fact that John Carew and Faye have both been culled, along with Diop, highlights how they were brought in as cover. It is recognition that their talents are no longer of Premiership calibre.
However, the dismissal of Nouble is mind-boggling. He has shown a vast rate of improvement in recent times, along with a strong showing early in the season.
It is a shame to see anyone leave without a club to go to. I'm sure that I would be joined by a good majority of West Ham fans in wishing each and every person from that list all the best in their future endeavours.