Josh King’s reported wage demands to join West Ham United are ‘nowhere near’ the £130,000 per week claimed this week.
West Ham had a £13million bid for King rejected by Bournemouth at the weekend (Sky Sports).
There had been speculation the Hammers would return with an improved offer.
But earlier this week West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claimed King was unlikely to sign for the east Londoners before Friday’s deadline due to his huge £130k per week wage demands.
Insiders claimed West Ham would have to pay Josh a King’s ransom
“West Ham will need to put Josh King on high wages if they are to sign the Bournemouth striker should the Said Benrahma deal collapse,” Claret & Hugh said.
“And ClaretandHugh has learned that will cause problems in the Hammers dressing room where it could make him one of the highest-paid Hammers ahead of such as Declan, Mikey Antonio and the other star Irons.
“Sources close to King are expecting new Hammers approaches but told us: ‘Given interest from the likes of Manchester United he won’t come cheap’.”
Claret & Hugh later edited the £130k per week claim out of their story. But by then fans had already circulated the claims on social media and discussed them in the comments section of the article.
Ex sets record straight over wage demands, claims Hammers could still agree deal
Now fellow insider ExWHUemployee has refuted the amount.
And Ex also revealed King could still move to West Ham if David Moyes wants to pursue the versatile forward.
“Josh King’s wage demands are no way near as high as being reported,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter yesterday.
“We bid £13m before and it is thought that £18m should secure him if we chose this option.”
Josh King’s wage demands are no way near as high as being reported. We bid £13m before and it is thought that £18m should secure him if we chose this option pic.twitter.com/cYALrXZCVU
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) October 13, 2020
talkSPORT claims that £17 million could be the amount that the Hammers have to pay in order to prise the 50-capped Norway international away from the Vitality Stadium.
Benrahma the favourite with West Ham unlikely to sign both
Moyes desperately needs to bolster his centre-forward and left-wing department before the domestic transfer window slams shut on Friday at 5pm.
The Said Benrahma deal looks set to be completed before then barring any last ditch snags after an issue between the player and Brentford was resolved.
And it appears that will mean any West Ham move for King is off.
The possibility of signing both was mooted earlier in the window. But that appears highly unlikely.