It wasn’t the budget West Ham fans were expecting, and it could well throw away any hopes supporters had of a big summer.
A recent report from the reliable West Ham blog Claret and Hugh claim that the Hammers’ transfer budget for the upcoming summer window will only be £30 million, £12 million less what the club spent last season on record-signing, Felipe Anderson.
In the era of football where a squad player can cost £20 million, West Ham’s reported budget makes for grim reading tor Hammer fans, who were confident in a major squad overhaul in some areas of the team.
But all might not be lost for West Ham. £30 million is an underwhelming budget, but that’s not taking into account the number that the club can sell players on for.
With plenty of players likely to leave this summer, including highly valued stars Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, West Ham can easily raise an extra £30-£40 million in players Pellegrini sees as surplus to requirements.
Add that together with players on high wages leaving on a free when their deals run up this June, and the Hammers should have more than enough to improve the squad with quality additions.
But that’s a big if. If the Hammers aren’t able to move on players who can go for a high price this summer then the club could be in for a rough window, with many of their rivals almost certain to spend big as well when the shop window opens in a few weeks time.
West Ham fans, will the club be able to recoup more transfer funds this summer? Let us know!
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