West Ham United could receive more than £1million from FIFA with five of their players taking part in the World Cup, according to Soccer London.
Declan Rice, Alphonse Areola, Thilo Kehrer, Lucas Paqueta and Nayef Aguerd will be the five Hammers on display in Qatar and as a result, the club are expected to receive part of the FIFA club benefits package.
Any club with players at the World Cup gets a percentage of the fund and if every player makes it to the knockout stages, even more money will come in.
A minimum of £807,500 will travel to the London Stadium for the group stages alone and with Rice, Areola, Kehrer and Paqueta all likely to make the knockouts with their respective countries, the total could reach over £1million.
The Irons are also set to benefit from Nikola Vlasic, the Croatian on loan at Turin entitling West Ham to part of the Italian club’s FIFA benefits.
You won’t find any club that won’t want to accept essentially free money in the tight financial times of 2022 and West Ham will welcome that seven-figure payout very favorably at this time.
They need all the money they can find to help David Moyes make much-needed improvements in January, with the club languishing 16th in the Premier League table.
It could be a hugely fruitful few weeks for the club if each country ends up fulfilling their potential with Brazil, France and England among the favorites to lift the famous trophy.
And the money will only increase as each player and team progresses through the tournament, which could easily fund a good chunk of a new signing.
In an ideal world, Moyes would have his players refreshed and ready for the restart of club football after Christmas, but the financial benefits of all going very far are too many to ignore and, more importantly, out of his hands.