West Ham United joint chairman David Gold has confirmed that Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike will return to Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Fenerbahce respectively after having spent the 2015-2016 campaign on loan with the Hammers. Manager Slaven Bilic is likely to make at least one more signing during the summer transfer window to cope with the holes now left in his first-team squad. This is after having brought in former Gunners midfielder Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Hammers finished seventh in the Premier League, aided by a strong summer transfer window that saw, the likes of Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio move to Upton Park.
Gold is happy with the achievement and predicts another busy summer before their maiden campaign at the Olympic Stadium.
"What we have to ensure now is that we keep that momentum going when we move to the new stadium, and that means we will be bringing in some new players to replace the four loan players who have left us – Carl Jenkinson, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike and Alex Song. Our intention is to replace them with better quality," Gold said on the club's official website.
"Of course we have already shown our intent by bringing in Havard Nordtveit, a talented Norwegian player who our fans will enjoy."
West Ham signed Sam Byram from Leeds to replace Jenkinson during the January transfer window. They have also been linked with a number of strikers, such as AC Milan's Carlos Bacca, to bolster Bilic's attack.
Song returns to Barcelona after having spent the last two campaigns at West Ham, but it looks unlikely that the former Arsenal midfielder will stay at the Nou Camp.
The 28-year-old midfielder moved to the La Liga giants in the summer of 2012 after an impressive campaign at the Emirates Stadium. He failed to replicate that form at Barcelona, however. The Catalans desperately tried to send him back to the Premier League last summer in an attempt to recoup part of the £16m ($23.1m) they paid to the Gunners for his services.
Arsenal and Tottenham were linked with the midfielder but he eventually moved on loan to West Ham again with the Catalan side hoping he could replicate his best days and earn a permanent move to the Hammers. However, after making only 15 appearances under Bilic, the Hammers have now confirmed his return to Barcelona.