Furious West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has broken his interview silence to hit out at a report about Liverpool star Divock Origi.
West Ham have been heavily linked with the Liverpool bit-part player ever since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax way back in January last year.
The Hammers were keen to sign the Belgian forward in the summer and many West Ham fans were excited at the prospect of bringing Origi in from Liverpool given the club’s lack of back-up for Michail Antonio.
In the end Moyes elected not to sign another striker, much to the disdain of West Ham fans. The Scot said that there simply were not any strikers available that he wanted or could afford (Independent).
Speculation has been rife West Ham could look to sign Liverpool star Origi in the January window.
The striker is out of contract at Liverpool in the summer and – thus far – has not made enough starts to trigger a one-year extension clause in his deal.
Sky Sports transfer reporter Dharmesh Sheth made an astonishing claim about Origi’s Liverpool future last week, stating that the 26-year-old wants to move to another Premier League club and is available for less than £10m.
But a report from West Ham Zone claims Sullivan and David Gold “seem to be meddling with transfers again”.
And it states the Hammers co-owners want Liverpool forward Origi but are at odds with manager Moyes, who is not convinced about the Liverpool hitman.
Furious West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hits out at report about Liverpool star Divock Origi
The article also goes on to state that Moyes should not be pressured into signing players he does not want.
The story has infuriated Sullivan, though, who hit out at the claims in a rare and brief interview with West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh.
Sullivan told Claret and Hugh that the claim is “simply not true”.
“Now Sullivan – who hasn’t been quoted on anything for months – is so angry that he has hit out at the allegation in the strongest possible terms,” Claret and Hugh reported last night.
“And the co-chairman in a very rare comment told us to make it totally clear that the story is untrue and added in angry tones : “This is simply not true. I’m appalled by misinformation being given as fact.”
Moyes has had total control over the West Ham football operation since his return to the club two years ago.
That is clear by his appointment of head of recruitment Rob Newman. West Ham’s recruitment has been exemplary ever since Moyes took charge of transfers.
And Hammers fans will be hoping that continues this month.
West Ham are yet to make any signings 10 days into the window. But Moyes delivered a hugely promising transfer update after beating Leeds in the FA Cup having spoken to Sullivan, new co-owner Daniel Kretinsky, Gold and co.