£17m Rated West Ham Target Issues £164K A Week Salary Demand Which Is Putting Off Rivals

West Ham will have to match Serhou Guirassy’s sky-high wage demands if they want to sign him from Stuttgart this summer, according to Bild.

The German publication claims that the striker is asking for around €10m a year or £164,000 week from interested clubs.

Bayern Munich were said to be taking an interest in Guirassy but they have been put off by the player’s salary expectations.

Bild report that the Guinean international does have other teams pursuing him with “recent interest” from the Hammers, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest.

However, it remains to be seen whether any club will look to match Guirassy’s requests and sign him at the end of the season.

Clubs will be tempted by Guirassy’s price tag and goal record

The 27-year-old will be available for around €20m (£17m) this summer due to a release clause in his contract. That is great value for a striker who has scored 20 times in just 19 appearances this campaign.

West Ham will, though, have to make a big decision on whether they are willing to push the boat out in order to secure Guirassy’s signature.

Should West Ham make the forward their highest earner?

Lucas Paqueta currently has the highest wage in the Irons’ first-team squad. According to website Capology, the Brazilian international takes home a salary of £150,000 a week.

Kalvin Phillips is also on the same amount but it is not known how much his parent club Manchester City are subsidising his wages during his loan spell at the London Stadium.

If David Moyes‘s side do agree to pay Guirassy what he wants, he would become the club’s highest earner right off the bat. It means that, despite the forward being available on the cheap, it won’t be a straightforward call in terms of whether they snap him up.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.