West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold have upset fans yet again.

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Supporters had been protesting against the duo and their vice-chairman Karren Brady this season.

The global health crisis put paid to further planned marches against the ownership. But the sentiment remains among a large section of supporters.

So when a Hammers website with direct links to the owners reported David Moyes has no money for transfers this summer, it did not go down well.

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‘Senior West Ham source’ claims cupboard is bare for Moyes

Claret & Hugh made the claim quoting a senior source at West Ham – believed to be the owners themselves.

“Sources close to the club have confirmed that there are no funds available due to the Hammers’s huge loss of income from season tickets, corporate hospitality and match income,” Claret & Hugh claims.

“Limited stadium capacities will also have a dramatic financial impact on next season even if some supporters return. Losses for this season are expected to be huge as a combination of the spending under the previous manager and director of football combined with the impact of the global pandemic.”

The report claims Moyes will have to raise money through sales.

But who will want West Ham’s cast offs – most of whom are on big wages and long contracts – given other clubs will have been affected financially too?

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Who will suddenly want high-earning West Ham flops?

It is not as if Europe’s cash-rich elite are suddenly going to be knocking the door down for the likes of Arthur Masuaku, Albian Ajeti, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko or Manuel Lanzini.

Yarmolenko for example is West Ham’s highest earner on £115,000 per week (Spotrac). A club would have to not only pay a transfer fee but also take on his £5.5million per year salary.

Indeed one of the few players West Ham could sell for significant money is Declan Rice. And he is the last player fans want to see leave.

Many West Ham fans are furious at the ‘zero transfer budget’ claims. Some suggest it is the start of propaganda from the club’s hierarchy to use as an excuse for selling Rice.

And they have questioned how Moyes is expected to turn the ship around without financial backing.

As a result many predict surviving relegation this season is just delaying the inevitable in what promises to be the most fiercely competitive Premier League for years with the return of Leeds and West Brom next term.

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‘We will never progress under these owners’

One supporter, Dan Lawless of West Ham Fan TV, hit out on Twitter.

“So much for Moyes being backed this summer,” he said.

“As I’ve said before we will never progress under these owners. Next season could be the time we go down.”

 

And many of Lawless’s fellow supporters were in agreement.

Here are a selection of comments from Hammers fans reacting to Claret & Hugh’s claims.

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