Irons hunt goes on as Benteke ruled out

christian-benteke-LiverpoolWest 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.”


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7 comments on “Irons hunt goes on as Benteke ruled out

  1. Well that is good news.

  2. It is Essential we have a 20 goal striker, with no record of constant injuries, to work with Sakho.

  3. I think Sakho can be that 20 goal man, get Enner fit and playing up front rather than on the wing or in midfield and the goals will flow! Big AC as back up with Emenike as 4th choice if he sticks around? We’ve got enough fire power in midfield with Dimi, Antonio and Lanzini to take the pressure off the top two.

  4. With Jenkinson cost being more then Byram,Lanzini a little bit more then we pay to hire him now,
    Moses cost £85 k per week
    Emineke cost £40 K per week,
    Song cost £85 K per week which will be less then the new boy will cost,
    Our income going up through league position winnings
    Our income going up because of our new ground
    Why are we going shopping on the cheap ?
    Just a question ?

  5. Correct bubs. I’ve said this before. The likes of Stoke are paying big money and wages for players with out breaking ffp so don’t understand our position.

  6. FFP…load of billhooks.

  7. With regards to a 20 a season goal scorer.Very few exist let alone are available.Kane the only one to go past that figure so far this season.Give me a 15 a season striker & I would snap your hand off combined with our other options coming from midfield & attack.Too much hype about a 20 a season scorer needed.Few pass that mark in a season each year in the Premier historically..

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