West Ham have turned down the chance to re-sign fan favourite Carlos Tevez because of his huge wage demands to return.
According to the Mirror, the Argentine striker has asked for £250,000-a-week to leave current club Boca Juniors, a wage that West Ham simply do not want to pay.
The Irons had offered Tevez a club-record wage of £150,000-a-week to return, but chairman David Sullivan revealed that the 32-year-old turned the offer down:
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"We tried to get Tevez but he wanted £250,000 a week. In his last year at Juventus he was great. But 250 grand a week?
"I actually offered him 150 grand a week to come back plus bonuses."
The striker played for West Ham for a season between 2006-07 when he became a cult hero after scoring seven goals in the club's last 10 games to save them from Premier League relegation.
The 32-year-old then moved on to play for both Manchester clubs, first joining United, before crossing the city for the Sky Blues. He won the league with both clubs, before moving to Juventus at the age of 29. In Italy, he won the Serie A, Italian Cup and particularly impressed with 20 goals in 32 league games during his second season, before migrating back home to Argentina.
Despite playing for a number of big clubs, Tevez has said that West Ham will always be one of the most special sides he has played in. But Sullivan is still unsure:
"All this business ‘I love West Ham.’ Well, it’s ‘I love West Ham if they give me 250 grand a week.’ So how much love is that for West Ham?
“I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. It wasn’t a publicity stunt, I saw him being our No.1 striker."
With the Argentine demanding such a huge wage to move, it's likely he will finish his career at Boca Juniors, the club where he began his career.
Since returning, he has scored nine goals from 23 appearances, and has driven his team to the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, so will be hoping to secure a place in the final later this month.