By Liam Thomas

23rd Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

UK agents play role in Daniel Kretinsky investment at West Ham United as Karren Brady news drops

The publication of West Ham United’s accounts has revealed a £1m bonus awarded to Karren Brady for her part in bringing Billionaire Daniel Kretinsky to the club.

Nevertheless, It is widely thought that the key players in bringing in the investment were actually a well-known UK agent with close links to David Sullivan and a Czech counterpart who has been very close to Kretinsky for years.

The Daily Mail Sports Agenda – January 23, pg. 63 reports that the figures involving Brady have massively raised eyebrows from those looking in.

“The publication of West Ham’s accounts showed vice-chairman Karren Brady had doubled her annual salary to a whopping “2.24million,” as quoted by The Daily Mail Sports Agenda – Jan 23, pg. 63.

“At the time, Hammers insiders said the payment included a £1m bonus in recognition of the Apprentice star’s role in bringing billionaire investor Daniel Kretinsky to the table. To say that claim led to raised eyebrows is an understatement.

“It is widely thought the key players in bringing in the Czech billionaire, who owns 27 per cent of the club and is expected to complete a takeover at a later date, were actually a well-known UK agent with close link to David Sullivan and a Czech counterpart who has been very close to Kretinsky for years.”

Other players.

According to The Daily Mirror, Sir Jim Ratcliffe was targeting West Ham after a Man United takeover was ruled out and he missed out on Chelsea to Todd Boehly’s US consortium. (12 October)

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s net worth is listed at between £9.35-10.5bn. Kretinsky’s is listed at £4.27bn, meaning he could actually offer the Hammers a better alternative.

Whether or not he would actually make a move however remains to be seen and it looks like the Ineos owner would prefer a deal with Manchester United to be made.

Kretinsky’s proposed full takeover will likely hinge on whether or not West Ham United remain in the Premier League, something which they went one step further to securing at the weekend.

The win over relegation rivals Everton also seems to have given David Moyes some more time in the Hammers hot seat, something which won’t please a large majority of West Ham United fans.