Hammers in Ruud move
Published 22/01/2010 | 05:00
WEST Ham United have made an audacious move to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy, offering to meet the forward's £100,000-a-week wages at Real Madrid.
The size of the offer comes as a surprise after David Sullivan, the club's new joint-chairman, made great play of the perceived excessive spending of the previous regime. Van Nistelrooy has played only four times this season for Real, where his contract ends this summer, and wants regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup finals.
The Dutchman would need considerable persuading to join the club and would prefer a move to Tottenham Hotspur, who are also interested in the player.
"We've offered £100,000 a week to a player today and we are still not sure we are going to get him," Sullivan said. "We can carry one exceptional player, who would make a difference on that wage, but generally we have to bring the wages down."