What seemed like a straightforward negotiation turned sour, becoming increasingly acrimonious and personal along the way.
West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan claimed that the Hammers were close to signing Portuguese international William Carvalho, 25, during the transfer window.
Responding to Sullivan’s claims, Sporting Lisbon sporting director Nuno Saraiva made no attempt to disguise his fury during a Facebook rant, reports the Mail on Sunday. The Portuguese abuse included calling the Premier League club’s chairman a “liar” and “parasite”.
Sullivan told Hammers fans that the club were in negotiations to sign the highly-rated midfielder but that manager Slaven Bilic pulled the plug on the deal. Saraiva however, declared that “Mr David Sullivan lies. No proposal arrived for the player William Carvalho”.
The Sporting director continued, “Sporting Clube de Portugal challenges him to publicly show the proposals he says have been made, as well as the evidence that Sporting CP has received them.”
Sullivan made some audacious claims during his interview with the club website. Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches were rejected by Bilic.
Seasoned watchers of the club claimed it was a statement designed to increase the pressure on the Croat. West Ham’s three defeats in three games sees the Hammers boss as favourite to be the first manager sacked this Premier League season.