Benni McCarthy has been released by West Ham. The official West Ham website says,
"West Ham United have mutually agreed with Benni McCarthy to part company with immediate effect.
The striker moved to the Boleyn Ground on 1 February 2010 and went on to make 14 appearances for the Hammers.
The club would like to wish Benni well for the future."
The Sun claim that McCarthy "agreed a £2m payoff to quit the Hammers just halfway through his 2½-year contract." The Mail claim he has received £1.5million.