West Ham failed to sign Joshua King from Bournemouth due to excessive wage demands and agent fees involved in a deal, according to Evening Standard journalist Jack Rosser.

Writing on the newspaper’s website on Thursday, Rosser reported that 28-year-old King was David Moyes’ first-choice striker target but the financial aspects of the deal led to the Hammers pursuing Said Benrahma instead.

Benrahma, 25, is closing in on a £30million switch to the London Stadium from Brentford, with £25million of that being paid up front.

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Rosser adds that King would have been around £10million cheaper in terms of the overall transfer fee but, clearly, the wages and agent fees led to a collapse in negotiations.

According to Claret & Hugh, Benrahma will earn £35,000-a-week on his deal at the London Stadium while the Express & Star has reported King is demanding a contract worth a staggering £90,000-a-week.

In one year, West Ham will pay £1.82million for Benrahma’s salary. If they signed King, it would have cost them £4.68million.

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Over the period of a few years, King’s wages will make him a more expensive signing than Benrahma even though the transfer fee was higher for the Algeria international.

And that’s before agent fees are even thrown into the equation.

Benrahma is also younger than King and has shown in the last year at Brentford that he’s on the up whereas King has just suffered relegation with Bournemouth and has played in just one of six matches for the Cherries since.

We’re fully supportive of West Ham’s decision to pay a bigger fee up front for Benrahma than meet the high demands of King.

In other West Ham news, Roy Keane has slammed Darren Randolph after his latest Ireland display.


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