There is a £10million bonus lined up for the West Ham squad if they go the distance and secure Champions League qualification, according to The Athletic.

GSB must be licking their lips at the lucrative financial rewards that continental football will bring to the Hammers hierarchy but before they count their own pennies they will have to shell out of their own pockets.

That is because there is a big clause in the contracts of the West Ham first-team.

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David Ornstein of The Athletic has detailed the incentivised scheme that is in place at the London Stadium which begins from a ninth-placed finish upwards and rises for every spot they climb in the Premier League table.

He says while “there is no bespoke payment for reaching the Champions League or Europa League”, the bonuses will amount to a figure in the region of £10million if the Irons claim a top-four finish.

The figures for each player is set to vary depending on how many games they play, so midfield mainstays Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are sure to be more handsomely rewarded than reserve goalkeeper Darren Randolph, for example.

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Players blowing bubbles at this news

GSB should start digging into their wallets as European football beckons ever closer for the Irons.

Sunday’s 2-1 win over Spurs lifted us above Chelsea and into fourth place in the Premier League table which would see Champions League come to town for the first time in the club’s history.

With 13 games remaining the dream is fast becoming reality as the Irons shows no signs of slowing down under the superb stewardship of David Moyes.

He has galvanised this side from relegation contenders to Europe’s surprise package and we are only four points behind Manchester United in second.

We certainly won’t begrudge the players picking the pockets of our insufferable owners as they march on their way to creating history.

Let’s just hope we will be allowed back in stadiums soon to witness this magical Moyes side live in the flesh.

In other West Ham news, see our tactical take on how Pablo Fornals tore Spurs to shreds.

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