West Ham United may be £110 million in debt but that hasn’t stopped them offering Ruud van Nistelrooy £100,000 per week to join the Premier League club.
The Hammers are currently just two places above the drop zone and new co-owner David Sullivan said that they had made the offer to avoid the ‘horrendous’ prospect of relegation.
Spurs and Stoke have also been linked with the player but it’s understood that West ham are the favourites to land the Dutch international who joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2006.
Without naming van Nistelrooy, Sullivan said:
We’ve offered £100,000-a-week to a player and we are still not sure we are going to get him.
He’s down to three clubs and West Ham are the only English club still in the hunt for him. Whether we get him is another thing.
There’s no transfer fee involved and he’s got the choice of almost every club in Europe. He has played at the highest level.
We can carry one exceptional player, who would make a difference on that wage, but generally we have to bring the wages down and in the summer we would hope to sign younger players on a fraction of those wages.