Irons world’s 50th wealthiest club…13th in UK


MoneyballWest Ham United will spend around 24 million euros in the summer transfer market if the last two seasons are any guide.

Statistics available at the excellent http://www.transfermarkt.com/ give a very good indication of the club’s investment levels.

The Hammers are the 13th wealthiest club in the United Kingdom – which matched their finishing position in teh Premier League –  and 50th in the world with a market value of 96.7 euros.

Of the 12 clubs claimed to be more valuable than ourselves, Sunderland and Aston Villa finished below us in the final League table.

The others – Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton Newcastle, Swansea and Southampton  all finished above the Irons.

In global terms they are ahead of the likes of Ajax, Anderlecht, Standard Liege and Werder  Bremen.

And their total transfer market spend last year is shown as 24 million euros of which 17.5m  went on Andy Carroll, 5.8m on Stewart Downing and a £700,000 loan fee on Marco Borriello.

In the previous year the Irons spent marginally less with £23.4 million euros invested in players.

That went on Matt Jarvis (9.5 million), Modibo Maiga (6 million), James Collins (3.2m), Alous Diarra (3.2 million), Stephen Henderson (750,000), Emanuel Potagetz (300,000) and a loan fee of around £1.2 m on Andy Carroll.

During their previous Championship season the club spent £12.3 million)

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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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