If you wondered why on earth a 20 year old would turn down a £65,000 basic wage rising to £100,000 per week from a relatively high profile club playing in the most competitive league in the World and in a massive stadium, then look no further than family!
Hammers latest potential 'the transfer that never was' situation regarding Amadou Onana is a classic example of what happens when 'family' get involved professionally, having family members at the helm of young player's careers has become very common place in recent years with some spectacular high end deals being negotiated by relatively inexperienced Mothers, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters.
In Amado's case his sister Melisa is one of the three owners of Belgium based Be The Future Management and is the driving force behind the player's outrageous wage demands, she is apparently demanding £135,000 per week which Hammers simply won't pay. Her stance has particularly upset fellow company owner Geoffrey Hoogland who had mediated transfer talks and helped negotiate the massive £35 Million agreed between Lille and West Ham, Hoogland would have pocketed BTFM a minimum of £7.5 Million by taking a commission from BOTH sides as is quite normal now.
Don't forget the Agency also take 20% of Onana's wages, so all in all he IS their cash cow compared with the other 'mid range' players they represent who are generally marginalised Ligue 1 players at best, or only feature in other peripheral less competitive leagues.
Apparently Everton are now 'sniffing around' Onana, his sister will doubtless use the Toffees interest to try and 'pump up the volume', but Moyes and the club simply MUST stick to their guns and walk away from Melisa Onana's demands for her brother, she is perfectly entitled to aim for the moon, she might even reach the stars, but not over Stratford. - Ed