John Cross in the Daily Mirror claims that West Ham are ready to break the bank and smash their wage structure to sign Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal are likely to offload the France striker as they look to complete a £50m deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. Cross claims West Ham are willing to pay £20m plus a staggering £130,000-a-week for Giroud which would make it the biggest deal in the club’s history.A three-year contract would cost a further £2om in wages.
Giroud, who turns 30 in September, only signed a new deal in January on £120,000-a-week which takes him up until 2020. Andy Carroll is currently West Ham’s top earner on a basic of £95,000 per week although Lanzini will soon be offered a deal which is close to Carroll’s.
Although Dimi Payet was rumoured to be £125,000 while at West Ham, his basic never rose about £68,000 per week with a £25,000 per appearance bonus and other add-ons which is theory could have taken his wages to £125,000 per week but never did.
When you say smash the wage structure I guess that the chairmen would try and do it in the same way as Payet’s that seems to be the modus operandi, loan to buy wherever possible (which is fine), and a structured pay scale (which imho won’t fly far with any top players).
We need young fast exciting players that are going to increase in value. Why do we end up with 30 year old players that are just going to go down in value. Will only get 1 or 2 good years before his past it.
What happened to the young talent we were going after. Oh I forgot we took our eye of the ball & Everton nicked him.
Bloody disgrace. Need to change our people responsible for bringing in new talent. They haven’t got any themselves.