West Ham United fans were in need of a laugh after the agonising defeat to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have provided it.
Hammers fans have had to pick themselves off the floor this week after the dramatic end to their loss at home to the Red Devils. Jesse Lingard’s 89th minute dagger through the heart was followed by the now infamous decision to send Mark Noble on to take a 93rd minute penalty.
His effort was saved and West Ham tasted defeat for the first time in nearly five months.
Laughter is the best medicine and Spurs claim has provided just the tonic
Seeing bitter rivals Tottenham lose 3-0 for the second consecutive Premier League game made it all a bit easier to take for West Ham supporters.
But Spurs truly cheered the Hammers up last night when a new transfer claim emerged in The Independent that Nuno Espirito Santo wants Jarrod Bowen.
“Scouts from Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester have been viewers for a long while. That is only a shortlist,” The Independent reports.
Spurs want Bowen? Yes and I’m sure Moyes wants Kane and Son
The 24-year-old has looked super sharp for West Ham at the start of the season. Had his finishing been better he would already have had a few goals to his name. But his all round play has been fantastic.
Of course Tottenham would like Bowen. I’m sure David Moyes would like Harry Kane or Heung Min Son at West Ham.
There are several factors which make this one of the more ludicrous transfer reports in recent memory.
Firstly Bowen is committed to West Ham. He loves playing for the Hammers as he reiterated after the defeat to Man United.
Super sharp fan favourite Jarrod loves playing for Hammers
“Anywhere that I play on the pitch for West Ham, I love playing,” Bowen said about being used as a striker in Michail Antonio’s absence.
The 24-year-old is key player under Moyes. And the Scot recently revealed a conversation with Gareth Southgate about Bowen being on the fringes of an England call-up (Evening Standard).
Even if Bowen was to leave West Ham it would be for a bigger club than Tottenham. And one where he might actually be able to win a trophy or two.
To that end the likes of Liverpool have been linked, with Jurgen Klopp said to be a big fan (The Athletic).
Spurs can no longer be considered a step up from West Ham
Tottenham can no longer be considered a step up from West Ham.
Indeed right now it would be a step down with the Hammers competing in – and third favourites to win – the Europa League while Spurs scraped a draw at Rennes in the Conference League.
West Ham finished above Tottenham last season and just two points off a Champions League spot.
And it is Spurs who are trying to keep hold of their best players right now with Kane continually linked with a move away.
All academic anyway because owners simply would not do business
Above all that, though, is the fact that that West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold – for all their faults – vowed never to do business with Tottenham again after a series of bitter bust-ups.
From Daniel Levy trying to muscle in on West Ham’s move to the London Stadium to a feud over Spurs’ move for then Hammers hero Scott Parker and Levy scuppering a last gasp transfer deadline deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor (The Guardian).
They say laughter is the best medicine.
So I guess West Ham fans should be grateful to Tottenham for this one.