Kieron Dyer revealed as West Ham’s top earner on £83,000-a-week
Kieron Dyer is paid an astonishing £83,000 a week by West Ham United, according to figures obtained by Telegraph Sport.
The midfielder has one year left on his deal — which includes £424,000-a-season for image rights and £100,000 in loyalty fees — and is the troubled club’s highest earner by far.
Dyer’s injury problems are well documented and he has made just 22 appearances — 11 of them this season, during which he has yet to complete a full game – since arriving for £6 million in 2007 in a deal brokered the former chairman Eggert Magnusson.
Dyer has often been replaced in the team by Junior Stanislas, who, the figures show, earns a basic £1,000-a-week, although this is supplemented by appearance money. James Tomkins, Jack Collison and Zavon Hines, who have all been first-team regulars, also earn significantly less than £10,000 a week.
The figures reveal that the next highest earner at West Ham is Scott Parker, who is paid £60,000 a week and who, like Dyer, joined from Newcastle United when Magnusson went on his spending spree.
Matthew Upson, another of the Icelander’s recruits, earns £50,000-a-week and, it is understood, with one year left on his contract has been offered a similar sum to keep him at the club for longer.
The fourth-highest earner is striker Benni McCarthy, who arrived in January and has failed to make an impact. The other players earning more than £30,000-a-week are Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, Luis Boa Morte – who is out of contract this summer – and England international Carlton Cole. Brazilian Striker Ilan is thought to earn around £20,000 although this would rise dramatically, to £60,000-a-week, should West Ham sign him permanently, which now appears unlikely.
Despite the high figures involved, West Ham’s player wage bill — at around £37 million — is less than 50 per cent of the club’s £80 million-plus turnover and is not among the highest in the division. It has also been reduced significantly in the past two years. The £1.9 million-a-year salary of manager Gianfranco Zola and the £900,000-a-year earned by his assistant Steve Clarke also have to be factored in, but the club have drastically reduced their liabilities since Magnusson’s disastrous tenure.
At that time, for example, West Ham were paying Freddie Ljungberg £85,000-a-week, while Craig Bellamy was earning a similarly high salary. Both have since left the club.
Telegraph Sport set out to establish the accurate figures on the club’s wages after reports circulated yesterday on the club’s spending levels.
However, co-chairman David Sullivan disputed the list last night. He said: “It’s not accurate, there are many mistakes in it. Though, it’s more accurate than the [Daily] Star figures.”
Indeed Sullivan appeared to suggest the real figures were higher. “Obviously, in addition a lot of players get sign-on fees, appearance money [up to £10,000-a-game], image rights, loyalty payments, and we pay 12.98 per cent National Insurance.”