Hammers Close In On Figueroa
West Ham United could snap up Wigan Athletic defender Maynor Figueroa on a free transfer this summer. The 30-year-old Honduras international is out of contract this summer and could quit the DW Stadium even if Wigan do avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce could give Figueroa a pay rise to £40,000 a week, claims the Sunday Mirror, and it will be personal terms which will dictate where Figueroa’s future lies.
Carroll In Newcastle Link
Meanwhile, West Ham target Andy Carroll could be on his way back to Newcastle United if reports today are correct. The 24-year-old has been on loan at Upton Park this season where he has scored seven goals for the Hammers, but reports this week have suggested that talks are set to take place with Liverpool over a permanent deal.
However, the Sunday Mirror claims today that Carroll may well head to St James’s Park this summer and that he is willing to take a pay cut to move back to the club where he started his career. Carroll earns around £90,000-a-week at West Ham and would have to take a pay cut down to the £60,000-a-week which Newcastle pay to their highest earners.
West Ham are willing to sign Carroll on a permanent basis but, like Newcastle, they are hoping Liverpool drop their £17million valuation of the England international.
Carroll was reported last week to be looking for another house on Merseyside.
New Deal for Allardyce
West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says legal jargon held up an agreement ober a new deal. The Hammers boss announced yesterday that he has signed a new two-year deal with the club worth £60,000 a week.
“There were processes we had to go through to put it together in the right way,” said Allardyce.
“I never thought there would be any problem – and there wasn’t.
“The size of a manager’s contract is pretty substantial in terms of responsibilities.”
Allardyce was appointed West Ham boss in the summer of 2011.