West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan has released an extraordinary statement following the close of the transfer window.
Hammers fans were left fuming when the club failed to land any further additions before the window slammed shut at 11pm on Thursday morning given the poor start to the season in the Premier League.
Slaven Bilic was desperate to bring in Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, but the deal was not done – much to the frustration of supporters.
And now Sullivan has revealed, via a statement released on the club’s website, that they turned down the opportunity to land the Portugal international in the closing hours of the window.
Despite that, however, Sullivan insists Bilic is happy with the business that has been done this summer.
“Overall Slaven is happy with the business we have done during the summer transfer window,” said Sullivan. “We received the manager’s wish-list before the window opened and we have managed to get the top four players on it.
“It is no secret that we made a club record bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho but unfortunately that offer was rejected a couple of weeks ago.
“Late last night Sporting Lisbon made contact to accept the original offer, but unfortunately it was just too late in the day, and we simply did not have enough time to put the player through a medical.
“We were not prepared, as a club, to buy a player for that amount of money without him having gone through adequate medical checks.”
Sullivan then revealed that Bilic passed up the opportunity to bring in two high profile players before they sealed moves elsewhere in the Premier League.
“Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches were both offered to the manager before their switches elsewhere,” he added. “But he told us that he is happy with the squad he has.
“As a Board we are behind Slaven, and he believes he has the tools to turn around our form and rectify our disappointing start to the season.”