West Ham have agreed to pay Liverpool a massive £15M for Geordie striker Andy Carroll, but we suppose it’s not as massive as the £35M Newcastle received for their striker 29 months ago from the Merseyside club.
Andy Carroll – resisting a move to West Ham
West Ham are not a rich club, but it seems to us they may have entered the business of trophy signings, which is something Newcastle used to engage in frequently, when Freddy Shepherd ran the club.
What that basically means is you sign an expensive and well-known player for a fee you simply cannot afford, and then pay him wages you cannot afford – and that’s one of the things that put Newcastle over £100M in debt by the time Mike Ashley took the club over.
It’s also something that has caused other clubs to go bankrupt over the last several years
And with the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules starting to take effect, European clubs are being asked to balance their books, so they spend only those revenues they bring in as a football club.
It’s an interesting concept for football clubs – to be sure.
Depending on what news reports you believe, Andy tripled his wages when he left Newcastle, and he’s getting anywhere between £75K/week and £90K/week at Liverpool – and would you believe it – the Mirror is reporting today that Andy wants a pay increase, to move to the east London club.
Anybody saying that West Ham can afford to pay him those wages must be smoking something very interesting, 😀
But it may be that Andy trying to put another spanner in the works with his proposed move to West Ham, and he’s already told friends he only wants to play for Liverpool or Newcastle – who will not pay the £15M asking fee to bring it home.
Maybe this story still has some time to run before we know if he will indeed end up at the Hammers.
He couldn’t end up at Newcastle could he?
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