As Tottenham are seemingly facing a wage-structure war, West Ham are handing out mega salaries.
Whether it has been Neymar’s release clause or Danny Rose’s salary frustrations, money has driven the current transfer narrative like never before.
For Tottenham fans, Rose’s now-famous recent interview with the Sun will be a cause for concern, especially while some of their rivals are willing to pay huge wages to incoming players.
One example of that is across the capital at West Ham, where new signings like Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez have been handed huge pay packets for joining the Hammers.
The Sun reported that former Stoke forward Arnautovic was set to earn over £90k per week at the London Stadium, while the same article suggested that Slaven Bilic’s side are paying Manchester City loanee Joe Hart £120k.
When former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez moved to east London, Sky Sports reported that he was due to pocket a massive £140k-per-week, making him the highest paid West Ham player in the club’s history.
Meanwhile, Tottenham operate under a strict £100k ceiling for their squad, a restriction that has definitely irked Rose and possibly some of his teammates.
Tottenham may not have been interest in any of West Ham’s signings this summer, but the Irons’ clear willingness to pay big wages will only help them attract better players in the long-term.
Meanwhile, Spurs have sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City and may lose Rose following his outburst. They are also the only Premier League club yet to make a new signing - with just short of three weeks left of the transfer window.
It may not happen this season. It may not happen next. But if West Ham keep spending to improve their squad and Tottenham continue to stand still, it may not be long before the Hammers overhaul their London rivals on the pitch.