West Ham United appear to have their very own ‘Gareth Bale’ problem and it could leave Manuel Pellegrini short.
Various reports claim the recent record capture of striker Sebastien Haller has left West Ham strapped for cash (Claret and Hugh).
West Ham still look short at full-back and in defensive midfield. And Pellegrini also needs a second striker after allowing Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez to leave.
But according to the likes of fellow Hammers website C&H the well has run dry.
Pellegrini net spend sits at around £24million
Before the transfer window opened Pellegrini was told he would have a base budget of £30million which would be topped up by any player sales.
The Chilean’s net spend so far this summer is around £24million after the sale of Pedro Obiang to Sassuolo (whufc.com).
West Ham are also desperate to offload Reece Oxford, Jordan Hugill and possibly even Javier Hernandez.
All three have attracted interest from various clubs.
But it appears Hugill has become West Ham’s very own Gareth Bale problem in miniature.
Hammers have their own ‘Gareth Bale’ problem
Bale is refusing to leave Real Madrid, where he picks up a reported £600,000 per week.
Hugill obviously earns nothing like that. But his – still baffling – £10million move from Preston North End last season means he is picking up around £35,000 per week.
That is likely to be the best money Hugill ever earns and – like Bale – he has another three years to run on his contract.
Real are desperate to shift Bale off their books to free up the money for new signings, namely Paul Pogba (The Mirror).
West Ham are equally desperate to bring in some much needed cash and cut their losses on the flop forward.
Hugill refusal could cost West Ham much-needed signing
That money would then go to Pellegrini as he eyes a second striker and defensive midfielder.
Wigan and West Bromwich Albion are keen on Hugill.
And The Daily Star claims he is demanding a pay-off if he is to leave the club and forfeit his Premier League wages.
Any pay-off would ultimately just eat into whatever fee West Ham get for Hugill and defeat the object of the exercise.
It is quite a conundrum for Pellegrini and as of 5pm today he has exactly two weeks to solve it.