Confusion over Hammer’s exit

11 Apr, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

There is confusion over whether Hammer Arthur Masuaku has triggered a clause or not to join the Turkish side Besiktas.

The West Ham player, who has played in 26 matches in the Super League so far, is reportedly automatically signed by Beşiktaş if he played 25 or more appearances of over 45 minutes this season. He has now played 25 appearances of over 45 minutes and just one under 45 minutes. West Ham is said to have included a €2.2m (£1.93m) obligation to buy in their season-long loan contract.

In 2019 Masuaku signed a contract extension to keep him at West Ham until June 2024 on a basic wage of £40,000 per week.

According to a senior club source, West Ham continues to subsidy his wages while in Turkey but the more games he plays, the less the subsidy in what has been described as a complicated loan dal formula.

West Ham completed the signing of Masuaku from Olympiakos for £6.39m in 2016 while the player was just 22 years of age.

Masuaku made 129 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions scoring two goals but is likely to have played his last game for West Ham, with a return to the first-team squad extremely unlikely, with club insiders confirming he is regarded as surplus to requirements by the manager.

However, there is new confusion over Masuaku after Besiktas manager Şenol Günes said, “We haven’t decided on Masuaku.”

Adding, “He has a contract that will automatically extend based on the number of matches he plays, as a club in the championship race, these issues should not be confusing. Of course, it’s something that management knows better. But I think we are late on Masuaku.” Arthur has made 26 appearances, 25 of which were over 45 mins to trigger the reported clause.”


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