West Ham United are looking into signing Manchester City defender Kyle Walker, after he was linked to Sheffield United.
Walker is being tipped to move on from City after falling down the pecking order. The England defender has been told by Pep Guardiola that he doesn’t fit his new system. And with that, a summer transfer scramble is expected.
The Blades have previously been credited with holding an interest in Walker. But big wages and a lack of new investment, plus other clubs being keen, always made a Blades transfer unlikely.
And now, according to 90Min, West Ham are throwing their name into the hat when it comes to Walker.
Hammers will pay big money
One of the big stumbling blocks for any team wanting to sign Walker this summer is his massive wage packet at City.
According to reports, Walker is on a massive £160k-a-week at The Etihad. That sort of money would put him as the highest earner at West Ham, while those numbers are simply not something Sheffield United will be going anywhere near.
Walker himself will have a big decision to make. He’s made it clear he wants to come back to Bramall Lane at some point but he might feel that at 32, he still has some more time left at the very top.
Sheffield United News View: Kyle Walker would use the budget
We have to be realistic here really. Signing Kyle Walker is only happening for Sheffield United if he’s willing to come and play for a much smaller wage.
He’d need to fall in line with the players already at the club and that is a big drop in money for the England man.
Unfortunately, this seems like it might be out of United’s reach this summer. However, if we somehow stay up and bank yet more cash, then signings like Walker could become more realistic.
For now, though, the Blades will have to identify other targets.