Revealed: West Ham owe £70m in transfers

West Ham owe a mammoth £70m in player transfers after their club-record 2018-19 spend, Football Insider can reveal.

The club posted a £28m loss in their most recent set of financial results despite turnover increasing £15m to £191m.

Analysis of the West Ham accounts show the club are still counting of the cost of heavy spending for the year ending 31 May 2019.

They still owe £70m in fees paid for stars in ex-manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first campaign.

The Hammers backed the Chilean to the hilt with the then club-record purchase of Felipe Anderson, as well as massive fees for Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko.

With a financial crisis looming over Premier League clubs amid the devastating impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Hammers are among those in testing waters.

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It is common for multi-million pound transfers to be staggered over many years, often across the duration of a player’s contract.

That spreads the costs over a long time frame and eases the burden on a single accounting period.

The West Ham board have come in for criticism from their own supporters for a lack of ambition in the transfer market but the club revealed that they have spent £214.4m net on new players in the last four years.

The precarious state of West Ham’s finances comes amid fears Premier League clubs would lose a combined £750m if the season ended now.

Before last season West Ham had been profitable in four of the last five years.

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