West Ham United Pay League

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.

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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.


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

17 comments on “West Ham United Pay League

  1. How is Jelavic on that?? :O

  2. I suspect there will be a few raised eyebrows while reading this. When you compare the £70k for Moses and the £25k for Antonio, it seems absurd, but wages don’t change week on week, and I am confident the club will review them based on performance at the end of the season. Jelavic is on that because we expected him to be a player worth £55k per week. Sadly, it hasn’t worked out, so fingers crossed we get a bit of compensation from the China deal, if it goes through.

  3. I believe Jelavic will be released on a free to release the wages

    • I read that there was a small transfer fee involved in the Jelavic deal (£1.5m) lets see when the figures come out. If those figures are correct and if we sign Lanzini on a permanent contract perhaps the relatively small wages in comparison to the others might be renegotiated ?

  4. I can’t see Jenkinson on there, yet his wages must be included in FFP.

  5. Jelavic raised my eyebrows too! mind you, i guess a player coming in on a cheap transfer fee can negotiate a higher wage?
    Jenkinson should still be included in the figures as mentioned above.

  6. Contract cancelled – mute point

  7. Mute point or moot point: The 1st = “Right, that’s it. No more discussion. Shut the **** up!”. The 2nd = “Oy…Oy..None of that!…Let’s just stay calm and discuss it, yeah?”: So which is it Hugh? Either which way, are WHU still paying Jenkinson’s wages?

  8. Jenkinson added around £30,000 per week on wages from the club plus another £20,000 per week as part of his 1 million pounds bonus over the season so £50,000 per week in total for FFP purposes plus a £30,000 per week loan fee to Arsenal. The contract was cancelled by mutual consent so no longer on the wage bill. West Ham paid the majority of the remaining sum in a financial agreement with West Ham. It will be interesting whether the financial settlement counts toward the FFP total. I am sure West ham could successfully argue it should not after the contract was cancelled. As always FFP and the penalties is a bit of a grey area.

    • I would expect the whole season’s wage bill (unlessArsenal allowed us a rebate) would be in our FFP bill, otherwise Arsenal have to count his wages on theirs. Of course it may not matter to them if they have plenty of leeway within their limit.

      • When the contract was terminated West Ham could successfully argue it is no longer wages to the player. The challenge could be is whether the financial settlement to terminate the agreement is regarded as an additional payment to the player. In reality either West Ham or Arsenal can go over their FFP limits if they can prove they have received commercial growth in income from non TV or ticket sources.

        BTW Arsenal’s wage bill is around £180m to our £60m wage cap so three times ours!

    • i may stand corrected then – thought i’d read something on here before suggesting we would still be responsible for paying his wages to end of the season; i assumed that would be weekly

  9. Jenkinson will be receiving wages from someone. However, there cannot be wages to pay if the contract is cancelled: No contract = no liability. I assume therefore that the payment by WHU is compensation for cancelling the contract, and that within the agreement, Arsenal will then be beholden to pay Jenkinson: IE he is back on their pay-roll…(if indeed legally he was ever off it??) SO, the way I see it, for FFP he is an Arsenal player…but I might be wrong…(as I am so often: e.g. thinking at the time, Bilic wasn’t the best option as manager….How wrong was THAT, eh ladies?)

  10. Obscene . . . actually sit back for a minute and think this is for kicking a ball about.

    World has gone mad . . .

    • The TV money drives the wage demands. Like it or not it is these huge wages that make the Premier League the most competitive and highest grossing football league in the world in terms of viewing figures and revenue.

      It just happens Sky got in their first before the German, Spanish or French leagues could exploit worldwide audiences. With the new TV deal the wages will get more obscene.

      The likes of Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie could only of dreamt about this kind of wealth.

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