West Ham’s stadium deal revealed, Hammers chasing three strikers

On Wednesday, West Ham were unable to secure their place in the FA Cup’s semi-finals, as Manchester United handed the Hammers a 2-1 defeat at Boleyn Ground during their replay in the quarter-finals.

A late goal from James Tomkins could not erase Marcus Rashford’s and Marouane Fellaini’s goals for the Red Devils, who will face Everton in the semi-finals.

However, West Ham are playing a very solid season. They are currently ranked sixth in the Premier League standings, just one point down from United and a ticket to the Europa League.

Starting from next season, the Hammers will leave Upton Park and move to the 60,000-seater Olympic Stadium. The club will pay £2.5 million each season to play 25 games at their new venue in Stratford, according to documents published on Thursday, via Goal.com.

The contract shows that the Hammers would make a greater contribution than £2.5 million if they were to play more than 25 games per season, and the rent will be halved to £1.25 million if West Ham are relegated.

The Hammers have also paid just £15 million towards reported renovation costs of £272 million to turn the athletics venue into a football ground.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports that West Brom want to sign West Ham striker Diafra Sakho to replace Saido Berahino, who is set to leave the Hawthorns. Sakho is unwanted at the Hammers, who will try to sign Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew, Liverpool’s Christian Benteke or Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony.

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