West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that his clubs co-owner David Sullivan likes to talk and has played down Sullivan’s claims that the East London club was offered Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak.
After the Hammers failed to secure the signing of William Carvalho who was one of the club’s priority targets, Sullivan put out a statement whereby he detailed his clubs summer transfer activity.
In this statement, he stated that Bilic turned down the opportunity to sign Sanches, who has since joined Swansea on loan from Bayern Munich.
Bilic has now responded to Sullivan by claiming what Sullivan said was not entirely true. He said, “David Sullivan likes to talk – it’s his right to be able to. I wanted the player [Carvalho] and that is not exactly what happened with those two you mention (Sanches and Krychowiak).
“I wanted Carvalho and it looked likely, and to be fair, during my time at West Ham, it’s very common that when it looks like a player is going to happen, that two or three other names someone throws in and that distracts you from the main target, and that’s what happened.”
The Hammers are struggling this season having lost their opening three matches of the Premier League.