Irons top trio on “no escape clause” contracts


Valencia3It’s more good news on this sunny Sunday.

ClaretandHugh can reveal that Enner Valencia is locked into a Hammers contract without a single escape clause in place.

The brilliant Ecuador international signed a five year deal with the club and the Irons were insistent on both that contract  and those involving Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell, that such clauses were not an option.

A source told us exclusively: “We have had enough of that. It causes a lot of problems and puts worries in supporters’ minds but there are times when it has to be done.

“If you are a side that may be flirting around the bottom of the league, then players need those sort of assurances but we were looking upwards this year and decided to end that sort of thinking.

“Enner, Aaron and Diafra all signed watertight deals which is great news for all the fans. They will be around for a long time to help take this club to where we want it to be.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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