Irons put Barca in the shade


alex-song-west-hamSources close to West Ham have exclusively revealed to Claret and Hugh that the Hammers are paying Alex Song more than he earned at Barcelona.

Song is believed to be on a contract worth between £70,000-£75,000 per week at Barcelona.

But the price of persuading him to the east end is understood to be an £80,000  weekly package .

It was originally thought  the Hammers were contributing 75% of his Barcelona wages as a fee but we have been told categorically this is not the case.

The huge wages puts him just behind Andy Carroll as the club’s second highest wage earner.

As previously revealed on Claret and Hugh, Sam Allardyce started confidential negotiations with Song in secret many weeks ago for fear of it leaking out.

After transfer failures with Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra and some would argue Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis, Allardyce has certainly put his neck on the line by investing so much wages in one player.

We understand the loan from Barlcelona is believed to last until May and will cost the Hammers just over £3m

The source told us “We are giving Song MORE wages than he was on at Barcelona, that’s why he came.”

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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,

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  • Michael Miller says:

    Andy Carroll has definitely been a Transfer failure – on the rare occasions he actually manages to get onto the pitch he charges around like a maniac – you’re just waiting for something to go twang and there goes another six months out!

    Anyway enough of that – what other possible reason would Song come to West Ham for – money talks!

  • Dainon17 says:

    Hey Hugh, whats the chances of Song staying and signing up for a few seasons ?? would he cost much ??

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