Hammers still have money to spend

ArnautovicShirt_2_726Last week’s signing of Javier Hernandez for £16m has bought West Ham’s summer spending to £36m in transfer fees or up to £45m when you factor in signing-on bonuses and agent fees and potential add ons.

However, the sale of  Havard Nordveit for a reported £8m, Enner Valencia for £7m, Darren Randolph for £4.5m, Ashley Fletcher for £6.5m and the imminent sale of Sofiane Feghouli for £4m brings back £30m the other way.

Hammers net spend is actually as low as £6m or £15m when you factor additional costs and add-ons.

ChicharitoShirt726The Hammers have budgeted between £45m and £50m over the summer for past two years and had £8m surplus from the Payet sale so money is there if needed by Slaven Bilic but they won’t spend it for the sake of it.

The wages tell a similar tale, the sale, end of loan or release of Darren Randolph, Ashley Fletcher, Sofiane Feghouli, Alvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri, Havard Nordtveit, Enner Valencia, Gokhan Tore, Sam Howes, Sam Ford, Kyle Knoyle, Sam Westley, Stephen Hendrie and Raphael Spiegel save combined weekly wages of around £415,000 per week.

The combined weekly wages Joe Hart, Marko Arnautović, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez will cost the Hammers also around £415,000 per week so there no material increase in wages at the moment as it stands.


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

15 comments on “Hammers still have money to spend

  1. This is a well put together article better than saying so far they have spent ex amount 100mil say with o mention of out goings.
    I think alot of people would be shocked how very little have been invested back. I’d like to see another striker and defender.

  2. I think real credit goes to the board to date for not only bringing in 4 top quality signings but moving on players and bringing in good money. You have to say the net spend is £15M because signing on fees and loan fees are very much part of the picture but that leaves the club with £45/50M to spend if they need to. I said a few days ago there is a big signing coming like Balde, otherwise why did we bid £32M for him?

    2 other things strike me while I’m bigging up our club and that’s this business about “a little knowledge is dangerous” quoted a few times by someone on the sister site. So true!! Think about the slagging the board and Slav got for pulling out of the Ian Nacho deal by the gloom and doomers but why did they do that? Because Slav had been touch with Herdendez and he showed a willingness to join us. For £16M bra £25M inc a buy back clause. I couldn’t be happier with Chico over Nacho. I’m loving the little Mexican already.

    Other thing is youth. The board backed the academy3/4 years ago, it is clear there is a plan there, but that hasn’t stopped everything they do being slagged off. But Holland Rice Burke Oxford Martinez Cullen Samuelson Quina Trott anyone? Long way to go I know, but exciting? I think so.

    It’s not perfect yet but it is going the right way. I think. I hope.

  3. Youth policy is definitely the right route id like to see them bloodied a little earlier Samuelson feels like he has been loaned out for 7 seasons. Gonna look up his age now.

  4. Age 20 signed 20 June 2015 played in 2 europa league games been on loan two seasons.

    • Yeah agree Booga but it’s a fine line isn’t it. Maybe he’s not quite good enough. I wish we had europa football now as another 18 matches would be brilliant for this squad. We just need to avoid the bloody qualifying in July. Straight into the league stages.

  5. You feel that the Squad has been sorted out to a large extent, a lot of fringe players have been culled, the players being brought in are of a better quality and as we all know you cannot have too much quality.

    There’s still a lot of work to do, the defence needs more bodies, the midfield needs more strength, craft and power and we need more cover in the striker and wide attacking positions – all in all a good start to the reshaping of the Team but an awful lot of work still to be done!

  6. With whom we have up front the chances of injury outside issues and fitness generally means we need cover and quality cover.
    Arnie and little pea (easier to spell) ok but this massive marquee signing may be beyond us as we are still not a big enough attention to big names.
    However we’d like to think we are.

    • Would argue Chicharito is that marquee signing although he did not cost oss £30m; Keeping up his scoring history of 1 goal every 2 matches (assume full fitness.. hah…) would be 19 PL goals.

      Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m pushing it but the numbers do tell a nice tale. On the counter, we have to back to the 2009-10 season to find a striker scoring 10 goals for us on PL

  7. Sorry attraction spell checker making a monkey out of me

  8. Depending on what happens a great right sided CB wouldn’t go amiss and another striker so we don’t worry about injuries but if we don’t sign another player and have money to spend in January I won’t be complaining, we have addressed the real problem position of striker even though without Carroll and Sakho we are still very light in that department.

  9. What about the 20mil we didn’t spend on za za I rember them saying Slav wants to save it for this window ???? We must need mor signings we have let 8 go and bought 4 one of which was free ..add it all up we haven’t spent that much …I’m not moaning by the way as I’m happy with the signings but we need decent squad players.. On the Carroll injury that’s just most ridiculous thing I’ve herd with him ..he missed the last 5 games of last season and had 3months this summer I mean that’s 4\5months to get him fit ..I think he’s sort of given up and isn’t looking after his self.. If u can’t get fit in 4 months what chance is there ..

    • He was too busy in Hawaii Los Angeles Magaluf and Dubai to get fit.cut the brave little soldier some slack hammerkip lol

  10. More to come soon , a striker and midfield x2 adding quality and also covering for chieck and the bard plus feguili that will bring it nearer the 8 you would think, or hope even !! Its all speculation and wishful thinking on our part , its what we do as supporters , we dream 🙏

  11. You dont need to spend huge amounts just so it looks good to some grumpy fans.Spend wisely, spend what is needed to bring in players who will benefit the whole team.We already had one prima donna at the club and he lasted one season.Not every player who comes in will be what we consider a sexy signing but when put with others players they could be a great bit of business and a piece of the jigsaw that fits perfectly with the other pieces.

    I dont care whether we spend £40 million or £80 million if it is spent on the right players.

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