Irons offering big money for star

BY foxsports • January 22, 2010

West Ham has offered a weekly salary of 100,000 pounds ($161,542) in the hope of enticing a star player to help it avoid relegation from the Premier League.

British media has widely reported the player to be Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The former Netherlands player has been linked with West Ham's London rival Tottenham, but new Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan said Friday he is targeting what he called "a very special player."

"There's no transfer fee involved and he's got the choice of almost every club in Europe," Sullivan told BBC Radio.

Sullivan and David Gold bought a 50 percent stake in the club this week. Sullivan says the club can afford one high-profile player but needs to cut overall wage costs.

Sullivan and Gold said Friday they wanted to buy the east London club even while they were turning rival team Birmingham into a Premier League regular.

Sullivan and Gold took over second-tier Birmingham in 1993 and guided it into the topflight nine years later. They left last year.

The pair had already called themselves West Ham supporters but said in an e-mail to supporters that "for 20 years, this is the club we wanted."


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