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New Javier Pastore report is flawed

A Paris United report that claims West Ham are edging closer to signing Argentinian attacking midfielder Javier Pastore has some flaws and should be treated with caution.

The report claims Pini Zahavi and West Ham owner David Gold are currently negotiating a deal, with the player’s agent Marcelo Simonian supposedly willing to bring Pastore’s salary demands down in exchange for making the difference with a signing on bonus. The article adds that PSG still needs to recoup between €40m and €60m in transfer fees by the end of the month in order to remain within FFP regulations.

First, we all know David Gold doesn’t handle transfer negotiations, he never has at either Birmingham or West Ham!  Sullivan always deals with that part of the business and while he is on holiday in Marbella he carries on business on the phone and emails so Gold’s involvement would not be necessary.  The new director of football Mario Husillos starts in the last week of June.

Second, earlier this week, the French champions Paris Saint-Germain were cleared of breaking Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules following last summer’s transfer spending spree. While their finances remain under close scrutiny say UEFA the fines handed out are hardly a deterrent. The Europa League finalists Marseille were recently fined €100,000 by Uefa for exceeding their recommended FFP budget. That kind of punishment will hardly scare PSG into selling.

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There is interest in Pastore from West Ham but we supposed to believe that the player and his agent have suddenly dropped their wage demands by over £50,000 per week in return for a £2m signing on bonus. I for one remain cautious of the latest reports to come out of France.

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About Sean Whetstone

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, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “New Javier Pastore report is flawed

  1. Not at all sure about Pastore. There are injury concerns and both the fee and his wages are daunting.

    Pavon would be a much, much better option.

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