2017/18 has been a season of suffering and little joy for West Ham United. David Moyes’ short tenure has come to an end already but his parting gift could be one of the most important of all having saved the club from relegation and then even climbed to a 13th placed finish on the final day.
Journalist Nick Harris reports that the 3-1 victory over Everton at the London Stadium on Sunday netted the Hammers an extra £4 million in prize money from the Premier League, representing a sizable fee looking towards the transfer window as every penny will count yet again.
As such, the win, which helped the Irons to move above Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion as they were beaten by Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, could have a big impact.
(during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.David Gold and David Sullivan have dug into their pockets when required, the likes of Andre Ayew breaking the club’s transfer record, but the club have struggled to enjoy much success in the transfer market ever since Dimitri Payet arrived under Slaven Bilic.
The consequence of that is that £4 million, while it may be a relatively paltry sum in Premier League football terms, could prove to make a difference to the Hammers’ spending this summer and give them the edge over some of their closest rivals.
Whilst big wages for some relatively inconsistent players could have restricted spending this summer, leapfrogging rivals and climbing to 13th could prove to give the next West Ham manager more room to manoeuvre in the market.