West Ham are on course to pocket a minimum of £54.5million from matchday income next season if they can qualify for the Champions League.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after West Ham announced record-breaking season ticket renewals via their official website.

West Ham are currently 4th in the Premier League table with seven games remaining.

West Ham manager David Moyes

That means David Moyes’ side are on course for a stunning Champions League qualification and the riches that come with the territory.

West Ham can earn at least £47m from Premier League home matches and another £7.5m from potential Champions League income in 2021-22, claims Maguire.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Part of the reason that they’ve got record season ticket sales is that they are slowly lifting the capacity of the new stadium.

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“It started off at 57,000, then it went to 60,000 and now it’s gone to 62,000. If you think about it, 62,000 tickets at £40 a pop is £2.4m. For 19 home games, that’s over £47m.

“Potentially, if they’re playing in the group stage of the Champions League, they’ll be looking to get decent prices back from that. They’ll be looking to get £2.5m back at least from every home match. So that’s another £7.5m there.

“For all of the faults of Gold and Sullivan, one of the things you can give them some credit for is that ticket prices, relative to the other major London clubs, are still very fairly priced.

“They’re not cheap but they are a lot cheaper than Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. If they do turn out to be London’s best team this season, it’s a tragedy that no one will have been able to watch them.”

West Ham’s home form is second only to Man City’s in the Premier League this season.

A 3-2 win over top-four rivals Leicester City puts them in a strong position ahead of the run-in.

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