West Ham United may have been the victim of a loophole being exploited by elite clubs.
That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
Hot prospect winger Benicio Baker-Boaitey left the club bound for Portuguese giants Porto last week (Daily Mail).
Triple B’s shock West Ham departure for Portugal
The highly-rated 16-year-old winger confirmed his departure from West Ham after failing to reach agreement over a professional contract.
Baker-Boaitey had previously held talks with Champions League finalists Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain and Benfica but it was Porto who eventually sealed the deal.
It comes hot on the heels of West Ham losing another rising star, Jeremy Ngakia, to Watford.
Like with Ngakia, West Ham will be due compensation but it is likely to be minimal.
Move is agent driven to avoid big compensation payout – insider
But the disappointment at losing another academy star will be replaced by anger at West Ham if ExWHUemployee’s theory proves correct.
Speaking on Twitter the anonymous Hammers source suggested Baker-Boaitey’s surprise move to Porto is agent-driven with the aim of moving the player on to the likes of Manchester City after a year.
“Highly rated Benicio Baker-Boaitey has confirmed his departure from West Ham,” ExWHUemployee said at the weekend.
“Haven’t had it confirmed but he is likely to move to Portugal for a season and then be back in England for someone like Man City (they pay less compensation this way).
“All agent work unfortunately.”
Highly rated Benicio Baker-Boaitey has confirmed his departure from West Ham. Haven’t had it confirmed but he is likely to move to Portugal for a season and then be back in England for someone like Man City (they pay less compensation this way). All agent work unfortunately 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/EeQhUQ0qPl
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 21, 2020
Dangerous situation for clubs like West Ham
It’s bad enough that clubs like Man City and the European elite have unlimited riches which prevent healthy competition.
But now it appears some of them are deploying underhanded tactics through agents to circumnavigate paying clubs the proper money for young stars.
For the likes of West Ham, that is potentially dangerous. And it comes just as David Moyes makes a concerted effort to build better links with the academy, in keeping with the club’s traditions.