West Ham are in a “win win” situation following Mauro Zarate’s departure to Loftus Road and are looking at the possibility of a decent summer transfer fee or a successful return to Upton Park “should a new manager be appointed.”
With the club having moved £40k a week off the wage bill and picked up a £500,000 loan fee, the financial advantage represents a saving of nearly £1.5 million over the rest of the 2014-15 season.
But one of ClaretandHugh’s top insiders made it clear that much bigger benefits may be available further down the line.
He said: “The finances are one thing but in the middle to long term it may be even more interesting if Mauro proves to be a success over there.
“It could easily mean that we can sell him at a decent price or, should a change of manager take place, the new man could easily fancy him.
“Given the circumstances surrounding the situation – which haven’t been all that clever – we appear to have got a result out of this. To be honest we could be in a win win situation all the way.”