Paul Robinson Claims Star Player Could Be Sacrificed By West Ham To Give Lopetegui “Bigger Budget”

Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson claims that incoming West Ham head coach Julen Lopetegui may agree to sell one of the club’s star players in order to increase the club’s transfer budget.

Both Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus have been linked with moves away from the London Stadium in recent weeks and, while he believes Lopetegui would have sought guarantees from the club’s board about keeping most of the squad together, Robinson says a big name could be sacrificed:

“I’m sure Lopetegui will have been given some assurances that the majority of their star players will be staying at the club. It may have been an agreement that one of them is used in a sacrificial way that allows the manager a bigger budget.”

With no prize money from European football next season, and the Hammers needing to cut their cloth accordingly to keep in line with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules, money will be tight this summer.

Will West Ham consider selling Bowen?

The 27-year-old has been the club’s top performer this campaign, having scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions so he will be a player in demand.

However, Bowen signed a 7-year contract back in October last year, keeping him with Irons until the summer of 2030, so you wouldn’t expect him to be offloaded anytime soon.

Could Kudus leave the club?

The Ghanaian international has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent days while there is also longstanding interest in him from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

With Kudus also having an £85m release clause in his contract, it could suggest a sale is in the offing but it should be pointed out that the buyout fee can only be triggered next year.

If a club tried to sign the 23-year-old this summer, West Ham are in a strong position to demand an even higher price.

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.