Those intrepid sleuths at the Daily Star have done a bit of digging this week and revealed the estimated weekly wage earnings of the Hammers squad - with some startling revelations!
Of our current front line stars the 'lowest' earner is first choice keeper Darren Randolph on a misery £6K per week - one sixth the wages of his 'understudy' Adrian who is bagging £35K!
In defence, Winston Reid hammered out a decent deal during the last round of contract negotiations two years ago and has duly delivered as the lynchpin of our defence - receiving £60k per week making him the highest earning Kiwi footballer ever! However, his earnings are topped by Angelo Ogbonna on £65K per week.
Aaron Cresswell is on £50K a week while Sam Byram did well in moving from Leeds to a £35K per week deal. Many fans will feel that Byram needs to step up if he is to justify those wages while Cressy as an England international is decent value in today's market.
Perhaps the most interesting figures are for our mostly unused back up full backs - Alvaro Arbeloa (£50K) and Arthur Masuaku (£35K) are costing us £85K a week! It doesn't take a genius to work out that we could do better in those positions - both from a business and footballing perspective!
In Midfield, Captain Claret is on £50K a week along with Pedro Obiang, while Cheik Kouyate and Michail Antonio are, in comparison, playing for peanuts at £30k each a week. Gokhan Tore's £27K a week is pretty pricey but the shocker is Sofiane Feghouli who is apparently bagging a massive £65K per week - just £5k short of our principal playmaker, Manny Lanzini at £70K!
New signing Robert Snodgrass comes in at £40K per week - excellent value in comparison to Jonathan caller who is also costing £40K per week!
Up top, Ashley Fletcher is on a mere £4k per week, while Diafra Sakho is still apparently on £20K despite all the off-season shenanigans last year. Big Andy is on £70K per week but ranks only third in wages behind Jose Fonte at £75K and Andre Ayew at a massive £80K.
In short - our 'best' value rankings are as follows:
1. Dazza Randolph
2. Michail Antonio
3. Cheik Kouyate
4. Robert Snodgrass
5. Winston Reid.
The worst are:
1. Jonathan Calleri
2. Gokhan Tore
3. Alvaro Arbeloa
4. Sofiane Feghouli
5. Andre Ayew