Saturday, 10 July 2010
Barrera Deal Establishes West Ham Officially As A Feeder Club
This Barrera deal is dodgy I'm afraid. The President of Pumas, Victor Mahbub has let the cat out of the bag with this highly informative sentence, "Barrera will be signing a four-year contract, then in two or three years be transferred to another team".
So who, exactly, are we acting as a front for? It is beginning to look as if we are not only the Academy of Football, but also the nursery team of Chelsea, or perhaps Man Utd, or, in our worst nightmare, Tottenham Hotspur.
People have been wondering why we are suddenly bidding big money left, right and centre; well Mr Mahbub seems to have given us the answer. In a typical dodgy East London deal, Sullivan and Gold are fronting up for somebody else. We pay a fraction of the final fee up front, make stage payments over the next couple of years, and then a First Option deal is triggered, with Chelsea, or Man Utd, or Tottenham "buying" the player at a predetermined fee, with the balance of the money going not to West Ham, but back to Pumas.
In a sense, it is a win win win deal. West Ham get a quality player on the cheap for a few seasons. Providing the player develops, Pumas get to sell the player twice, with the combined fee greater than the fee they could hope to secure for the player at the moment, and Chelsea, or Man Utd, or Tottenham get an option on a player who, should he develop as they hope, they will get on the cheap should they opt to trigger the First Option.
Should we care? We enjoyed having Tevez for a season didn't we? But that was a one off. Do we really want to formalise our position as a feeder club? How would we feel if it transpires that we are being used as a finishing school by, of all teams, Tottenham Hotspur?
The trouble is, the deal means that West Ham carry all the risks for the lowest overall gain. Like a drugs mule, we have Barerra shoved up our arse. If he aint any good, we still have to pay the £4m over three years and, like Dyer, we are stuck with him. Pumas can count their dosh, and Tottenham, or whoever, never have to shell out for a dud. If he is brilliant, Tottenham, or whoever, get a gem on the cheap and sign him in his prime, fully adapted to the demands of the Prem. As with Tevez, we are reduced to giving a hero's welcome to an ex player who shows us the crossed hammers before kick off, then proceeds to smash in goals for our rivals.
Welcome to West Ham Pablo, welcome to Trotters International Traders!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:36