West Ham do not have a buy-back clause for Sunderland man Pierre Ekwah, says ExWHUemployee, but they are due 35% of any future sale.
Ekwah has impressed since leaving West Ham for Sunderland last season.
The French midfielder has made 24 total appearances for Sunderland and has played in all five of their opening Championship fixtures this season, scoring his first and second goals for the club in the recent 5-0 win over Southampton.
It was recently claimed that the Hammers inserted a buy-back clause when selling Ekwah to Sunderland in January of this year, but trusted West Ham source ExWHUemployee has since revealed otherwise.
Speaking on The West Ham Way Podcast, he’s quoted as saying:
“We inserted a few items into the deal that saw Ekwah depart for Sunderland. Firstly there is a 35% sell on clause which is significant.
“There are also appearance related payments. So when he plays 20, 40, 60 games etc we received additional monies. There is however no buy-back clause unfortunately. So West Ham have no rights to sign the player back ahead of any other clubs.”
Ekwah signed a long-term contract with the Black Cats, committing his future until 2027, and so Sunderland are under no immediate pressure to sell the impressive Frenchman.
And should they eventually look to sell then expect the club to up the asking price given this hefty 35% sell-on fee, which could eventually pocket West Ham a sizeable windfall.
Ekwah going nowhere?
Tony Mowbray is already extremely light on central midfield options, so expect the club to have zero interest in selling Ekwah; especially with his midfield partner Dan Neil having attracted late transfer interest this summer.
But talk of West Ham potentially returning for Ekwah is a huge credit to the player who’ll no doubt be pleased that he’s shown his former club what they’ve missed out on.
He’s settled into the Championship very well and at 21 years old, he’s still got a lot of room for improvement too; Sunderland look like they have another star in the making here.
Sunderland face QPR after the international break.