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West Ham have Europa League windfall to thank for protection against PSR

West Ham United are not famous for being lavish spenders in the transfer market. 

Mohammed Kudus, who joined for £38 million last summer, represents the club’s most expensive acquisition since the club-record £45m fee to sign Sebastien Haller in 2019.

However, the Hammers must be prudent in their financial dealings to avoid getting on the wrong side of the Premier League’s strict Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR).

West Ham have endured a topsy-turvy campaign, evidenced by the fact that David Moyes’ long-term future at the club is still subject to intense speculation.

Fans have recently been treated to several disappointing domestic results, but the Hammers are still seventh in the Premier League table and on course to secure European qualification next term.

However, the club’s Europa League journey has been the most rewarding.

According to a recent report, the superb run to the Europa League quarter-final has generated £13.6m, which includes the UEFA coefficient and television market pool bonuses.

Dismantling SC Freiburg with a five-star performance at the London Stadium is easily the most prolific performance in the tournament this season.

However, the job is far from done, with a daunting quarter-final showdown against Bundesliga pacesetters Bayer Leverkusen scheduled for two weeks after the international break.

Xabi Alonso’s highflyers have been the most dominant side in Europe’s top five leagues this season, going unbeaten across all competitions.

The clash will be West Ham’s strongest continental test yet, but Moyes must find a formula that dents their record, especially with a further £2.4m up for grabs if they reach the semi-final.

An appearance in the showpiece event is also worth £3.8m, while the Europa League winners take home an additional £3.4m, which would be crucial in helping the club adhere to the PSR criteria. 

Next month’s quarter-final clash promises to be a mouth-watering contest for West Ham fans – a chance for the club to test their mettle against one of the best teams in Europe.

However, whatever the outcome, West Ham have certainly reaped the rewards of reaching the last eight.

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