|Any chance of two for the price of one, mate?|
As the negotiations around Winston Reid’s future at West Ham continue alongside the tentative efforts to explore how much a permanent signing of Alex Song would cost from Barcelona, the reality is that West Ham may ultimately have to opt for one over the other. Although the East London outfit have made huge financial strides under the Sullivan-Gold ownership team, they may struggle to finance both deals. At 15plus million, Song would severely dent the Bubbles’ budget facing into the Olympic Stadium move, while at a reported 75K a week, Reid will become one of the best paid defenders in the league.
One option would be to offload the fit again (for now anyway!) Andy Carroll who cost a whopping 15 million and is reported to be receiving £100K per week. However, the Hammers would be doing well to recoup even a modest fraction of that amount after an injury-plagued time at the Boleyn whereby he has never managed more than a handful of consecutive games and a mere handful of goals. Carroll still has over four years to run on his current contract which will pose a continued drain upon resources unless the likes of Newcastle can be persuaded to take a gamble on the former Magpie.
An alternate solution may lie in the Hammers current excellent form which sees then reside in fifth place after a series of exciting performances during which both Song and Reid have been key players in a run of victories that includes current Premiership champions Manchester City. David Sullivan has hinted that money is only one aspect of the deal with Reid, who at 26 years of age is apparently keen to move up a level to include European football. Song meanwhile, has been credited with the observation that West ham at the Olympic Stadium will likely be a bigger club than Arsenal over time! As such, a top-six finish might attract both players to stay at the Premierships fastest rising club while also providing the necessary funds to support both signings.
One area where the board have been somewhat quiet relates to the extent that the sale of the Boleyn ground with a modest rent at the new Olympic stadium should also open up funds for squad strengthening. However, although some fans were somewhat sceptical at the beginning of the Davids era, time has proven that the pair have been more than willing to splash the cash when necessary to advance the club and it is likely that their silence is an effort to avoid having the club perceived as cash-rich with the attendant premium upon any transfer business that that entails. Hammers fans need only think back to the outrageous transfer fees shelled out during the disastrous Icelandic era to remind themselves that it’s sometimes better to maintain a modest profile!
So for now, Hammers fans should enjoy the action as the futures of both Song and Reid are likely to remain uncertain until much later in the season. Let the good form continue and anything is possible, including surpassing Spurs, Arsenal and even Chelsea over the next few years?