West Ham’s wage bill has created a lot of discussion over recent months with claims of FFP and all the rest of it. So ClaretandHugh has taken a look at what we believe to be the situation at the club and has based our Pay League table on information we have received recently and in the past.
We don’t claim this table is guaranteed to be 100 per cent correct but believe it is very close to presenting the real figure on wage costs.
1. Andy Carroll £85,000 per week £4.42m per year
2. Alex Song £70,000 per week £3.64m per year
3. Victor Moses £70,000 per week £3.64m per year
4. Dimtri Payet £68,000 per week £3.53m per year
5. Winston Reid £55,000 per week £2.86m per year
6. Nikica Jelavic £55,000 per week £2.86m per year
7. Mark Noble £50,000 per week £2.6m per year
8. James Tomkins £45,000 per week £2.34m per year
9. Adrian £42,000 per week £2.2m per year
10. Pedro Obiang £40,000 per week £2.08m per year
11.Enner Valencia £38,000 per week £1.98m per year
12. Emmanuel Emenike £38,000 per week £1.98m per year
13. Cheik Kouyate £38,000 per week £1.98m per year
14. Diafra Sakho £33,000 per week £1.76m per year
15. Sam Byram £30,000 per week £1.56m per year
16. Manuel Lanzini £29,000 per week £1.5m per year
17. James Collins £29,000 per week £1.5m per year
18. Angelo Ogbonna £28,000 per week £1.46m per year
19. Michail Antonio £25,000 per week £1.3m per year
20. Aaron Cresswell £24,000 per week £1.23m per year
21. Joey O’Brien £20,000 per week £1.04m per year
22. Darren Randolph £20,000 per week £1.04m per year
23. Doneil Henry £15,000 per week £780,000 per year
24. Ralph Spiegel £15,000 per week £780,000 per year
25. Reece Oxford £10,000 per week £520,000 per year
* Carl Jenkinson was receiving £50,000 per week (£30,000 per week wages plys £20,000 per week bonsu) for the first six months until his contract was cancelled so £1.3m per year for FFP purposes.
The sharp-eyed among you will notice the total annual wage bill listed above is just over 50m per year while the FFP limit is £60m for West Ham this season.
The Premier League rules say all clubs need to declare the total cost of players wages including any bonuses, image rights, additional payments, Employer National Insurance contributions and any pension payments. Employers National Insurance contributions add another 13.8% to the basic wages the players receive so that’s another £7m on the figures above.
Carl Jenkinson accounted for another £1.3m with bonuses and image rights for the rest of the budget with a small remainder for players such as Josh Cullen, Martin Samuleson and Reece Burke together with non-first team players wages in the Academy.