Hammers wooing fringe stars


JohnsonThe club plans to introduce a wage policy which it hopes will help it hold onto players who are seen as back-up ‘operators.’

ClaretandHugh has learned that the likes of Roger Johnson, George McCartney and even Joe Cole – who had been thought to be on his way out of the Boleyn – could be offered deals to keep them at the club.

A shrewd decision making process has seen the club develop a pay structure which could put such players just out of the reach of Championship outfits.

The wage would offer a basic salary of around £8-£10k with an additional £2k should the player make the first team squad and another £10k appearance money if he gets on during the course of the game.

The Hammers learned a serious lesson on injury problems this season and wants to keep as many seasoned professionals on the books as possible despite being able to only offer limited first team appearances.

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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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