West Ham plan to attract a 20 goal a season striker without breaking through their FFP ceiling but it won’t be Christian Benteke.
The Belgian is on £125,000k a week at Liverpool and whilst manager Slaven Bilic likes the player our top source at the club said: “They aren’t the sort of wages we will pay.
He added: “If it were it just the case of a transfer fee there would be no problem but any new front man will have to fit into the FFP regulations.”
ClaretandHugh has regularly outlined that scenario but the new element to the position is that the vast majority of the transfer budget has been reserved for a striker after the club has paid for Sam Byram (£3.8m) and Manu Lanzini (8 m).
Our source said: “That is the case but like Andy Carroll before him – the new front man would need to be brought in on a pay level below those sort of figures.
He added: ” We believe it is possible because it is often the free signings that want the huge salaries because they claim the club should load what would have been the transfer fee into the wages!
“It doesn’t work that way as far as we are concerned. We have our financial plan for the summer and the priority is a striker and the money required for a transfer fee will be put aside for that.
“However, whoever he is and however much he may cost is one thing – the wages will be the issue so it’s a balancing act.”