Cash-raising plan for winter window


West Ham have admitted to Claret and Hugh there is no money available for new signing in the winter window!

They are also content with the squad they have assembled having sold Declan Rice to Arsenal in the summer but despite that they remain short of a left back and a striker.

However they may – as pointed out by CandH follower Eug – be in a position to sell one or two players which will boost the funds

He says: “Although it is agreed there is little or no money for the January window, we have a number of players that are surplus to requirements and may bring in a tidy sum.

Fornals, Ings, Cornet, Kehrer, Cresswell & possibly Johnson could all be sold. There is also the possibility of the Saudis  making a massive offer for Aguerd.”

So we could end up with a fair war chest although of course with one or two approaching frees the fees may not be at the level we would like.

However, few windows go by without the board finding cash from somewhere.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Grinke says:

    Hugh – I don’t understand how there can be no money. We made £145.5m in player sales in the last transfer window, and spent £122.5m on the four new signings. So that’s a net profit of £23m. Not to mention the tens of millions we get from winning the ECL last year, and being in Europe again this year. Where’s all the money gone? Surely if we’re in or around the top six this year Sullivan has learned his lessons from the 14/15, 15/16, 20/21 and 21/22 January windows when we didn’t get the striker we needed and fell away as a result?

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    I think that’s a perfectly reasonable question to ask, Grinke, and I doubt he has the same access to the figures that you do, Hugh, so your response is a little surprising.

    It’s probably more a Sean question, as he usually has the numbers and can explain these things really well.

    I could be wrong, but I suspect that the club is still recovering from both pre-Covid and lockdown related losses, as well as losses on players (Vlasic, Scamacca & Haller, for example) – we have to make that money up somehow.

    • Rice went for 105 million. Alvarez and Kudus came in for 75, JWP came in for 30. Mavropanos for 25. So that was 25 m over the top and we learned ahead of that the only money available in a real sense was from the Declan sale

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