West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has suggested Kieron Dyer should consider retiring from football.
Dyer has played just 18 games for West Ham since joining the club in the summer of 2007 for £6million.
The 31-year-old is currently recovering from a niggling hamstring injury and it is unknown when he will be available for Gianfranco Zola's side
Sullivan, who took control of West Ham last month with David Gold, has now suggested that Dyer should retire as part of a series of drastic cost-cutting measures being undertaken at Upton Park under the new regime.
Sullivan, who has slammed the running of the club under their former owners, did not name Dyer, but all indications suggest he was talking about the former Newcastle man.
"There is one player who hardly plays at all who might have to accept retirement," Sullivan is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
Sullivan admits they have no choice but to cut costs at Upton Park as they look to deal with the club's £110million debt.
"We have to cut some overheads, staff who are on the administration side and support staff for the team and work down the contracts we have inherited which are terrible," added Sullivan.
On players' contracts, Sullivan noted: "We cannot rip them up under football league rules, you are stuck with these contracts. We have to let them run down or do deals with players."