£1.5m bonus awaits outcome of Championship

DowningThe West Ham board will be taking a keen interest in the Championship game between 2nd placed Middlesbrough and 3rd placed Brighton this Saturday lunchtime.

One Claret and Blue team (Burnley) have already secured promotion to the Premier League with another Claret and Blue team (Aston Villa) swapping places with them after their relegation from the top flight.

However the second automatic promotion place worth over £200m is still up for grabs with both Boro and Brighton on 88 points.  West Ham are believed to have written a £1.5m promotion bonus clause into the contract for their sale of Stewart Downing, which would come our way should he help them achieve promotion. Middlesbrough need a draw or a win on Saturday as they have superior goal difference.

Downing joined West Ham in 2013 and made 69 Premier League appearances for the Hammers. The Hammers sold Downing for a fee believed to be £5.5m plus the £1.5m promotion clause which would take the total to £7m, he signed a four year deal with Boro dropping his wages to £35,000 per week which he will double to £70,000 per week on promotion back into the Premier League.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “£1.5m bonus awaits outcome of Championship

  1. Always nice having these little clauses in transfer deals, glad to see we’ll hopefully be on the benefiting side for once too.
    Also, Downing on £70,000 a week seems a bit hefty! I know he loves Boro but no wonder he slipped off so quickly with that wage up for grabs.

  2. I was never a fan of Downing I must confess,always seemed a bit of a powder puff.Seems amazing to think fans didn’t want to sell him because it would diminish our attacking options.Now this season he has spent time on Boros bench not even a consistent starter in the Championship.Slav knows what he is doing 🙂

  3. Got to say I agree Rad,never a fan of Downing,he frustrated me hugely most the time.I think we got a top deal when we sold him.

  4. Double whammy 1 claret up 1 down
    Now we want 1 red shirt NE club up and £1-5 million and
    1 red shirt NE club down and old Mr Smug with his giant club where it should be

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