West Ham make plans to splash out £10m from windfall but this is not about money for David Moyes and his happy Hammers.
What a difference a couple of weeks has made for West Ham.
The Hammers hit a difficult patch over Christmas culminating in a 3-2 Boxing Day defeat to Southampton.
That had seen the east Londoners drop out of the top four and prompted many pundits to question whether they had the squad to sustain a push for a Champions League spot.
But Moyes has turned things around and the 2-0 win over Norwich on Wednesday night was West Ham’s fourth in a row.
The victory put West Ham back into the top four and sent a message that they mean business in the race for Europe’s top competition.
And now The Athletic has reported that West Ham already have plans in place to splash out £10m from the windfall of finishing in the top four on giving bonuses to the players.
“West Ham United’s squad will share in the region of £8 million to £10 million in bonuses if they qualify for next season’s Champions League,” The Athletic states.
“The financial incentive is to reward the players, providing West Ham stay in the top four and so qualify for Europe’s elite club competition for the first time.”
The bonus payment was put in place by West Ham’s owners.
And it would be offset by what they stand to gain from finishing in fourth and the added financial rewards that would bring.
But if it is playing even a small part in focusing minds and rewarding this group then credit where it is due.
Fans would not begrudge the players that extra money in any way.
But the great thing about this West Ham side under Moyes is that you just know they are motivated by a collective drive to achieve something great together rather than money.
It would be the stuff dreams are made of for West Ham fans and the players would go down in the club’s history books as a result.