Thursday, April 14, 2011
Benny McCarthy is now +/- R16 Million richer!
Benni McCarthy is a free agent after agreeing a £1.5-million (R16-million) pay-off from English Premiership West Ham United to buy him out of the remainder of his contract.
The former Bafana Bafana striker will now be free to join any team of his choosing with no transfer fee required, opening up his options.
McCarthy failed to score a single goal for West Ham in the 14 appearances he made for the club following his move from Blackburn Rovers in January 2010.
By opting out of his contract early, he has given up an additional £800 000 (R8.8-million) in wages that would have been due to him had he opted to see out the full term of the deal, which expired in June 2012.
The 33-year-old was not registered to play in the English Premiership for the second half of the season and so has not seen action for The Hammers since January.
His much talked about weight problems have cost him around £200 000 (R2.2-million) in wages, though by all accounts he is now at the required fitness levels.