West Ham offer transfer target significantly more money than current club to move


West Ham are looking to convince Filip Kostic to move to the London Stadium by offering him a huge pay rise, according to Frankfurter Rundschau.

The German publication report that the Serbian winger is yet to make a decision on his future but the Hammers are offering a ‘princely salary’ to sway him.

Image reported in June that with his contract up to his final year, the Bundesliga side had put a €4m-a-year contract on the table.

But with only third-tier European competition available as the Irons are in the Europa Conference League for the coming season, and the Germans in the Champions League after emptying West Ham of the Europa League on their way to lifting the trophy, the difference is made up with money.

According IN the club are looking to offer the 29-year-old more than double at over €8m, which would be around £130,000 a week.

In the background of the negotiations, there is the fact that the relations between the two clubs are bad, for the double reason that Frankfurt felt badly treated during the London match of their semi-final last season, and that the Hammers reportedly paid late and not in full when they bought Sebastien Haller.

Heated battle

Although the poor relationship between the two parties is described as “subordinate but exciting” in the latest report, it could be a factor preventing the agreement from proceeding smoothly.

The bad feeling after the Europa League game is one thing, but if Frankfurt thinks they can’t trust the Irons hierarchy to stick to a deal, that could prove a complicating factor even if an offer is accepted.

The money may seem like a clear incentive to move to the Premier League, and at Kostic’s age this will likely be his last chance for a move that will earn him that.

But having been Player of the Tournament in Europe’s second-tier competition last year, he would surely like a chance to play in the Champions League ideally, so it’s probably not an entirely clear-cut decision.

Juventus were previously interested in signing him and if they were to return with an improved offer, or another club of similar size, it could make the Hammers option less attractive.

Obviously the club is very interested if he is willing to increase his salary so significantly, but for the quality of the player he is at a low price, which perhaps is not a surprise, with money clearly still available to spend this summer.

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