Maguire shares '£10m' West Ham reveal amid Sky's Anderson transfer update
West Ham spend £10million per month on wages and so will be relieved if they can rid themselves of Felipe Anderson.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Sky in Italy reported on 27th June that Lazio are considering re-signing the Brazilian winger.
Anderson, who has a year remaining on his West Ham deal, failed to make an impression on loan at Porto in 2020-21 and has barely played under David Moyes.
Maguire revealed that West Ham’s wages-to-turnover ratio stands at 91 per cent.
The spreadsheet wiz also described Anderson, 28, as a “legacy player” who is draining the Hammers’ wage budget.
“They are interested in getting wages off the bill,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“Anderson was good in spurts but he was certainly volatile in terms of his return.
“Since 2014, the average wage at West Ham has gone from £40,000-a-week to close to £60,000-a-week.
“They have invested significant sums and are paying out £91 in wages for every £100 of income in 2020.
“Yes, there was a distortion in that year caused by Covid but I think they are still keen to address the wage bill.
“Their wage bill is £10m-a-month and they had to give Pellegrini a £3.5m settlement as well when they got rid of him. So they have had a lot of cash outflows to deal with.
“The Super League talks about ‘legacy fans’ but quite a few clubs are now left with ‘legacy players’.
“These players, like Anderson, have come on big contracts that are often extended or enhanced and then fade and are eating up a lot of costs.“