£5.2m-a-year and £6m signing-on fee: Report details demands of striker wanted by West Ham
By Matt Farr
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is set to command £100,000-per-week in wages if he quits the club this summer, according to a report.
The Standard claim that the 34-year-old is wanted by West Ham, and that the player is seeking £100,000-per-week in wages and a £6million signing-on fee from his next club.
Defoe looks set to quit the Stadium of Light this summer, with a clause in the player’s contract allowing him to leave the club for nothing following their relegation from the Premier League.
He has scored 15 goals from 37 appearances for the Black Cats this season.
However, West Ham will have to meet his mammoth demands if they are to stand any chance of reaching an agreement over personal terms ahead of any potential move.
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It is also understood that Defoe’s agents will be looking for a seven-figure payment in order to complete a deal.
Bournemouth are also said to be keen, but neither Premier League club has yet made a formal offer for his services.
West Ham had a £6million bid for the England international rejected during the January transfer window, but could re-ignite their pursuit with the club still in desperate need for a goalscorer.
Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho have both missed much of the campaign due to injury, leaving the Hammers short of reliable goalscoring options.
It is believed that Defoe’s demands are related to West Ham’s £6million valuation of the player in the new year, and what he views as a proportionate wage.
Football Insider verdict
The issue for West Ham is that they are either going to have to spend big on a transfer fee, or big on wages. Defoe may be available on a free transfer, but his reported wage demands are quite excessive, although they will be within their financial reach. Elsewhere, West Ham might have to fork out a fee close to £20million on a player like Kelechi Iheanacho, but they may not have to offer such a high wage. However, Defoe has a proven track record of scoring goals in the Premier League, and the club cannot overlook that. He will do a job for them, and if it means paying £100,000-per-week, they should go ahead.