West Ham: From ‘we will sue’ to Carvalho ‘misunderstanding’

Date published: Tuesday 5th December 2017 11:36

West Ham have apparently retracted their threat to sue Sporting Lisbon over the failed summer transfer of William Carvalho.

The Hammers courted Sporting midfielder Carvalho throughout the last transfer window, but could not complete the move in time.

Co-owner David Sullivan confirmed that a “club-record bid” had been lodged for the Portuguese, but Sporting’s communications director subsequently refuted those claims.

Jack Sullivan then stated that the club were “commencing legal proceedings” after being accused of lying about the situation.

West Ham then published an email of a written offer as proof that a bid was made, with Sporting threatening to report the club to FIFA as a result.

Then Sporting’s president called West Ham’s co-owners ‘the dildo brothers’, and we all laughed.

But in a statement released on the club’s website on Tuesday, the Hammers brushed the situation under the carpet.

‘West Ham and Sporting Clube de Portugal acknowledge that a breakdown in communication based in contacts between representatives from both Clubs in respect of a possible transfer of William Carvalho was the cause of a misunderstanding,’ the statement reads.

‘Subsequent to this, the Clubs have had positive communications and the matter is now resolved.  On this basis, friendly relations between the Clubs will resume and there will be no barriers to both Clubs negotiating or working together in the future.’


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