By Mike Southey

13th Aug, 2022 | 12:30pm

West Ham United are willing to triple the annual salary of Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes in order to get a transfer over the line, according to Record.

The Portuguese newspaper has reported in its print edition [13 August, pg. 9] that an annual wage of £1million was on the table, something that still didn’t impress the Brazilian.

David Moyes admitted that an offer was lodged for Nunes and although he said no, the deal isn’t said to be completely dead as things stand in this window.

Writing in their latest snippet on the ongoing transfer saga on Saturday (13 August), Record shared the lengths that the Irons are willing to go to get this one over the line.

“West Ham tried to take Matheus Nunes to the Premier League but ended up receiving a negative response, not only from SAD, which demands €50million [£42.3million] to complete a possible transfer but from the player himself who remains focused on the leonino protect,” they wrote.

“To try to convince the 8 jersey of the Lions, Record found, the English [League] managers were willing to offer him an annual net salary of around €1.2million [£1million], triple what he currently earns in Alvalade.

“Still, the Portuguese-Brazilian was not impressed.”

Move on.

West Ham United cannot simply do anymore.

It isn’t all about money but it does certainly talk with Nunes one of the few exceptions it seems.

Of course, we would like to lie and say it is refreshing to see a player not get tempted by money, but it would only happen to the Hammers when triple the amount is on the table, wouldn’t it?

Nunes is a cracking talent and that is why half of Europe are said to be on his tail, and it looks as though we won’t be lucky enough to bring him to the London Stadium.

Moyes will keep on going alongside Rob Newman but this move shows they are targeting the right type of players, with surely one set to go through soon.

GSBK have made big money available for not only the transfer, but for the wages of whoever comes in next too, so expect some big names to be floated around soon.

This is certainly one to watch.