West Ham paid £17million interest to Sullivan and Gold over five-year period

David Sullivan and David Gold were reportedly paid £17m in interest across a five-year period.

The West Ham owners have come under intense pressure in recent weeks for their business in the transfer market, most notably the selling of young prospect Grady Diangana to West Brom.

Another reason that supporters might be confused is the interest paid to them by the club over five years, which amounts to the mammoth sum of £17m.

It has also been reported that there was a £10m interest-free owner loan from Tripp Smith in 2018, as well as £30m raised from shareholders as recently as July.

Swiss Ramble has reported the numbers from the London Stadium, which show the details of outgoing cash.

They have also reported that only four other Premier League clubs paid similar fees to their owners, with Southampton and Liverpool paying £5m and Leicester and Sheffield United paying £1m each.

They wrote on Twitter: “Most owner loans are interest-free, but WHUFC paid £17m to Sullivan and Gold during this period.

“Clubs don’t separate interest payments between owners and banks in the accounts, so the other figures are estimates based on the interest rate.”

The Hammers got off to a terrible start to the new season by losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle, after which David Moyes blamed the performances of the officials.

"I'll try and find that out and do better with it but we hoped that we would," he said when asked why the performance dropped off from those at the end of last season.

"We hoped we would start off in the same way, the same form we were in near the end of last season, but we didn't tonight.

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"Partly, Newcastle made it difficult for us but I'd liked us to have done much better."

Before adding: ”Look, we've got many people watching them now. I think some of the decisions we felt a little bit aggrieved by, but it's going to be the case.

"We're all going to be saying it after every game so I would try not to talk about them, but that's just the way I felt about the game."

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