West Ham move for free-agent after striker’s sizeable pay-off

Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2020 1:43 - Matthew Briggs

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West Ham are trying to sign free-agent Danny Welbeck, according to former Hammers striker Frank McAvennie.

Welbeck and Watford agreed to part company on Tuesday after a difficult 14-month spell at Vicarage Road.

The former Manchester United striker made just eight starts in the Premier League last season.

He was making only his third Premier League start for the club in October when he suffered a hamstring injury early on against Tottenham.

He was out for four months after that and he never really found his form after that.

It’s understood Welbeck is getting a huge pay off from Watford after signing a three-year deal last August.

TEAMtalk understands the club did not have a clause in his contract to reduce his wages after relegation into the Championship.

His salary made him difficult to offload and so Watford had to strike an agreement with the 29-year-old to get him off their books.



And just 24 hours after Welbeck’s departure the Hammers are believed to be interested in a deal for him.

McAvennie says he has heard that West Ham are looking to sign Welbeck – a move he thinks should be avoided.

‘Sick note’

“I have heard this morning, and I am not sure whether it is true or not, that they are looking to sign Welbeck,” he told Football Insider.

“They have just let one sick note go in Jack Wilshere, why would you want to get another one in?”

Welbeck make 20 appearances and scored three goals in all competitions last term for the Hornets, who were relegated from the Premier League.

A statement from the club on Tuesday said: “Watford FC confirms that it has reached an agreement to allow Danny Welbeck to leave on a free transfer.

“We wish Danny every success in the future.”

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