Sky Sports journalist Rob Harris has shared an interesting Financial Fair Play (FFP) update out of UEFA, and it involves West Ham United.
The Lowdown: West Ham enjoy busy summer…
The Hammers and their manager David Moyes clinched eight permanent signings this summer, with Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer, Emerson and club-record signing Lucas Paqueta all arriving at the London Stadium.
West Ham showcased real transfer market ambition in a display of strong backing for Moyes, and despite their lacklustre start to the 2022/23 Premier League season, it could be the foundations for a solid season if results can start picking up.
However, their financial spree has seemingly attracted the wrong kind of attention as Sky Sports reporter Harris shares a ‘new’ FFP update.
The Latest: FFP update emerges involving West Ham…
Indeed, the journalist has relayed some fresh information out of UEFA, with the Irons now placed on the governing body’s watchlist.
Whilst this is a concern for GSBK, the east London club have luckily avoided any serious fine or sanction due to technicalities.
Harris explained: “New from UEFA on Financial Fair Play – Chelsea, Leicester, Man City & West Ham avoided action due to ‘exceptional COVID deductions and consideration of historical financial results’ but those exemptions no longer apply & they will be “monitored closely in the upcoming period”.
The Verdict: Interesting…
West Ham’s head of recruitment Rob Newman may have to be more careful in future transfer windows when it comes to splashing the cash, or there may have to be slightly more emphasis on a sell-to-buy philosophy.
That being said, the east Londoners needed significant investment in their squad to carry on competing with England’s elite, even if it does attract unwanted attention from UEFA.
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