West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has blasted the transfer market in football and claims it has gone out of control.
Sullivan cites Liverpool striker Christian Benteke’s proposed £30m-plus move from Anfield to Crystal Palace, coupled with wages of around £125,000 a week for a striker who failed at Anfield, as proof the market is out of control.
The Hammers have been after a striker and were linked with Benteke but not at that sort of price, although his agent has denied the deal is on the verge of competition.
Sullivan told the Daily Mirror that such figures show how ridiculous the market is this summer.
He said: “Every year we say the transfer window has gone crazy but it really has gone barmy this year – particularly if you are looking for strikers.
“There are 20 or 30 clubs in Europe, all with money, looking for a striker. And when you have a club like Crystal Palace will to pay £125-130k-a-week to a guy at Liverpool [Christian Benteke], you do think it has gone barmy.
“Add in the demands of agents and players, this year has just gone crazy.”