Transfers never seem straightforward for West Ham United but is co-owner David Sullivan going back on his word in the latest muddle.

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West Ham are being heavily linked with moves for Said Benrahma and Josh King as the clock ticks down on the domestic window.

The Hammers have until Friday at 5pm to make signings from EFL clubs.

Since the closure of the international window only Craig Dawson has arrived on loan from Watford.

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Another day, another West Ham transfer saga

Meanwhile West Ham had agreed a deal with Brentford for Benrahma and seen a bid rejected for King (Sky Sports).

In true West Ham style, though, the move for Benrahma appears to have hit the buffers (The Mirror).

While there is still hope West Ham can resurrect the Benrahma deal (The Guardian), it has prompted claims from club insiders that David Moyes did not necessarily want the attacker anyway.

Claret & Hugh – who have direct links to owners Sullivan and David Gold – claim Moyes wants King and suggests Benrahma is not the manager’s choice.

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Insiders suggest Benrahma deal is not Moyes’s choice

“It’s puzzling that Moyes would sanction the sale of one left winger in the form of Grady Diangana for £18m, agree the loan of another left sided winger in the guise of Brazilian Felipe Anderson to FC Porto and bring in a third flair winger of similar type to replace them,” Claret & Hugh said.

“Something doesn’t quite add up and word is that the manager prefers Josh King who is a striker by trade who can play at left wing or the second striker role.”

The article also infers that West Ham may be signing Benrahma as he is involved with Will Salthouse – who Football Insider previously claimed is the ‘preferred agent’ of Sullivan and a close friend of his sons Dave and Jack.

Perhaps West Ham plan to sign both? The chance would be a fine thing. But if the manager wants King, surely that’s the player you go all out to get?

But if Claret & Hugh’s claims are accurate it suggests a deal for Benrahma is being driven by Sullivan.

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Has Sullivan gone back on his word about signing players over the manager’s head?

And if that is the case then the unpopular co-owner is going back on his word again, just weeks after a revealing interview on talkSPORT.

During that interview Sullivan – who has resumed his unofficial director of football role following the sacking of Mario Husillos at the turn of the year – said he would risk causing ‘civil war’ at West Ham if he went over the manager’s head to sign players.

“I can’t just go and sign two or three players the manager doesn’t want,” Sullivan told talkSPORT.

“I could quite easily tomorrow go and sign two or three players but we’d have a civil war at West Ham, because I don’t pick the players.

“We have a manager who is a manager, not a coach; if he was a coach I could do that, but that’s not the way it works at West Ham – the managers pick the teams.”

The managers may pick the teams. But previous West Ham bosses like Sam Allardyce and Slaven Bilic have both claimed Sullivan often signed players without their say-so (talkSPORT, Evening Standard).

It seems if the Benrahma claims are true that nothing much has changed in that regard.

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