West Ham is in the market for a striker, but only at the right price.
With the Hammers looking to sign an elite goalscorer to challenge with the top Premier League clubs, chairman David Sullivan looked to Carlos Tevez.
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Tevez played one season at Upton Park in 2006-07, becoming a cult hero with supporters after scoring seven goals in his final ten matches to help the Hammers escape relegation.
After scoring 29 goals at Juventus last season while winning the Serie A title and reaching the Champions League final, he returned to Argentina to play for his boyhood club, Boca Juniors.
Despite being 32-years-old, West Ham chairman David Sullivan believed Tevez could still produce in the Premier League. When he reached out to the former Hammer, Tevez wanted weekly wages of £250,000, which is equal to more than $320,000.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sullivan expressed his disappointment with Tevez’s demands after the striker had previously been vocal about his love for the club.
All this business ‘I love West Ham.’ Well, it’s ‘I love West Ham if they give me 250 grand a week.’ So how much love is that for West Ham?
I actually offered him 150 grand a week to come back plus bonuses. I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. It wasn’t a publicity stunt, I saw him being our No.1 striker.
I was hoping he would reproduce what he did at Juventus a year ago. He was a fantastic player. But where do you draw the line with what you are prepared to pay?
Sullivan’s original offer would have made Tevez West Ham’s highest-paid player in history, surpassing Dimitri Payet‘s current wages, which are reported to be around $130,000 per week.