West Ham have done the Alex Song sums and can find his £80k a week wages despite Financial Fair Play Regulations.
ClaretandHugh reported today that the club are ready to mount a big bid to take the player from Barcelona on a permanent deal next summer and we have since learned that wages are not an issue.
The Irons are at the upper limit of this year’s FFP £56m and that will automatically rise by £4m to £60m next season.
Song is thought to want £80,000 per week to stay at the club which can be covered by the £4m.
Thus, the Hammers can offer the £80k and departing players will create more room for them to beat off other clubs who may try to tempt the Cameroon international.
Although Financial Fair Play may not be a big issue it could however trigger a wave a demands from agents and players wanting to re-negotiate contract terms..
Andy Carroll is currently the top earner with a basic with £85,000; Song would become second highest earner with Nolan in third and Downing in forth places.
West Ham success on the pitch may raise the value of our players and by default their wage demands as West Ham move to the next level.
Song has made it clear that he wants to stay in England and his wife is particularly happy in London so the Hammers fancy their chances of landing the 27 year old.