West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Thursday, May 31
Robert Green: West Ham till he signs…
Several press reports claim that Robert Green wants 50k a week and that the club is not prepared to give it to him. Think there's some brinkmanship going on here as his contract expires on June 30, but I'd pay Green what he wants in order to to keep him. Compared to 80k a week for Kieron Dyer, who has miraculously been kept on by QPR, 45-50k a week doesn't seem excessive for England's No 2. It was significant that Green was the second person to lift the play-off trophy after Kevin Nolan and with a spine of Green, Tomkins, Noble and Cole we can be reasonably optimistic about next season. Yes, we could get a couple more years out of Bolton's 37-year-old Jussi Jaaskelainen or sign Blackburn's Paul Robinson or Fulham's Stockdale, but it would still send out a negative signal to sell Greeno. Sign him up, Sam!