This summer could yet see the departure of two of the club’s highest earners, freeing up wages to be spend on loans and/or new signings while complying with the Financial fair play regulations.
Kevin Nolan is thought to earn a £50,000 per week basic wage plus bonuses. His basic annual salary is £2.6m plus Employers National Insurance contribution adding another £364,000 per year.
Meanwhile Stewart Downing is thought to earn the same £50,000 per week basic wage plus bonuses. His basic salary is also £2.6m plus Employers National Insurance contribution adding another £364,000 per year.
Only Andy Carroll £85,000 per week, Alex Song £75,000 per week and Dimitri Payer £68,000 per week are thought to earn more at the club.
Realistically neither Nolan or Downing are likely to feature regularly in Slaven Bilic’s first team this season so that is a lot of wages to sit on the bench for a club the size of West Ham. Their combined £6.2m of wages could be freed up should they leave this summer allowing the recruitment of younger, hungrier and cheaper players to fill their bench and squad positions.
Earlier this year Nolan said he was open to move away if he was not wanted. He told the Newham recorder “I have been considering my future, without a shadow of a doubt, I am not one who wants to sit here on the bench, I won’t continue to do it, just for the fact that if you are not good enough for one club you move on and you prove to someone else you are.”
As reported by Claret and Hugh, Downing wants a return to the North East to his beloved Middlesborough who have offered him a bumper £70,000 per week to join them in the championship.