West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have failed in a bid to lure Carlos Tevez back to the club.
Tevez was offered a staggering £150,000-a-week deal, plus bonuses, to become the Hammers’ highest-paid player in their history.
But Sullivan says the 32-year-old demanded £250,000 per week to leave Boca Juniors and return to London.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: “We tried to get Tevez but he wanted £250,000 a week. In his last year at Juventus he was great, but 250 grand a week?
“He’ll probably stay where he is now, but he doesn’t pay a lot of tax down there.”
Tevez spent the 2006/07 season with West Ham and secured hero status with the Hammers’ fans after helping them avoid relegation.
The forward went on to enjoy spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus before moving back to his homeland and signing for Boca last summer.
He has always spoken fondly of his time at West Ham, but Sullivan has questioned his affection for the club given his stunning salary demands.
Sullivan said: “All this business ‘I love West Ham’. Well, it’s ‘I love West Ham if they give me 250 grand a week.’ So how much love is that for West Ham?
“I actually offered him 150 grand a week to come back plus bonuses.
“I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. It wasn’t a publicity stunt, I saw him being our No.1 striker.
“I was hoping he would reproduce what he did at Juventus a year ago. He was a fantastic player. But where do you draw the line with what you are prepared to pay?”