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Benni McCarthy has turned down the offer of a £1 million pay-off at West Ham United in return for tearing up his contract.

It is understood that McCarthy would consider quitting the Premier League club but not on the terms that have been offered, even though he has made just 14 appearances since he joined in January last year.

McCarthy has played just 326 minutes for the club, making only three starts and is yet to score a goal. The South African has had injury problems but has also been troubled by weight issues.

This led West Ham to threaten him with a fine of a week’s wages unless he lost just over two pounds each week for five weeks over the summer, which he did.

Indeed McCarthy — along with another player surplus to requirements at West Ham, Herita Ilunga — has not been included in the club’s 25-man squad list for the rest of the season.

It means that neither can play in the Premier League and can now only feature in FA Cup matches.

McCarthy earns around £38,000 a week and with 18 months left on his contract, he can pick up wages totalling more than £2.7 million if he were to sit out his West Ham contract. The club will endeavour to make sure this does not happen.

West Ham had hoped McCarthy would agree to terminate his deal in return for a lump-sum payment now which would leave him free to find another club.

There was interest in McCarthy during the transfer window but it failed to translate into an offer.

McCarthy has indicated that, at 33, he is desperate to feature in first-team football. A loan move to Queens Park Rangers failed to materialise despite playing and scoring for the Championship club in a recent practice match against Tottenham Hotspur.

It is likely that West Ham will be able to loan McCarthy to a Championship side, as the loan window reopens next week for such deals. There has also been interest in the striker from clubs in the Middle East.

McCarthy’s stance will annoy West Ham supporters, given how little he has played since he was signed from Blackburn Rovers for £2.2 million in the last January window.

Source: Telegraph

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