Ranieri wanting Monaco exits

Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri says he is likely to offload a number of players before the closure of the transfer window.

Ranieri's side are currently second in Ligue 1 following their promotion last season, but Jakob Poulsen, Andreas Wolf, Nacer Barazite, Lacina Traore and Marcel Tisserand have all been among those reported to be set for an exit.

Traore, who has just joined from Anzhi Makhachkala, has been linked with a loan move to West Ham and Ranieri admitted that he is keen to trim his current squad.

"I would like the group to be back to 24 players, but we have to wait, it is not easy to sell players," he told L'Equipe.

"Today I would like to sell because it is not easy to make training sessions with more than 25 players."