So it begins at West Ham - One gone and another one to follow soon

It's what we've all been waiting for. Players to start leaving Upton Park.

Yes, Matthew Etherington has today left West Ham to join fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke City for a fee of £2 million. The former Tottenham winger has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Britannia after spending nearly six years with the Hammers.

With Etherington now out the door at West Ham, Gianfranco Zola may be about to lose another member of his squad. Calum Davenport is likely to join Bolton in the coming days after Wandererers boss Gary Megson admitted a deal is close to completion.

OK, it's only Etherington and Davenport, however this may just be the start of it for West Ham. It is well known that the club is in serious financial difficulty and despite the club insisting they will look to hold onto their best player's, I fear several more big names will leave in the coming weeks. The likes of Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy have been linked with January exits and I feel it is imperative they hold onto them during this window.