The infamous agent who brought Carlos Tevez to West Ham United has had his say on transfers.
Kia Joorabchian is best remembered by West Ham fans as the man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to East London in a move that shocked world football.
That saga saw the birth of a Hammers cult hero in Tevez.
But it also sullied West Ham’s good name and landed the club with a bill of £18million in compensation to Sheffield United and a record £5.5million fine from the Premier League.
The man behind Tevez and that West Ham takeover bid
Joorabchian was also heavily linked with leading a takeover bid for West Ham back in 2006 (The Independent).
The “super agent” even had Israeli businessman Eli Papouchado backing his bid.
Sixteen years on the landscape in football right now is completely different due to the global health crisis.
West Ham’s battle for Premier League survival has been put on hold while the country fights an all too real battle for survival.
There is growing uncertainty over when – or indeed if – the season will resume.
Growing uncertainty in football
With the pandemic impacting even clubs financially, transfers and the next window will also look very different.
That is according to Joorabchian who has been having his say on the next window, whenever it might be.
Transfers usually dominate football column inches, fan forums and social media. And West Ham are one of the most talked about clubs when it comes to player arrivals.
But against the backdrop of death and economic turmoil, Joorabchian says they are bottom of the agenda (Sky Sports).
“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including (even the likes of) Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports.
‘Football and transfers bottom of the agenda’
“Everyone wants to stay safe, stay healthy and get back to training. Everyone is trying to stay positive.
“There is a lot of speculation but I can genuinely explain to you we have not spoken about transfers or anything like that.
“No one has the right feeling. Neither us nor the other side have the feeling to discuss something when so much is happening around the world that is so much more important.”
West Ham have been linked with a host of players during the shutdown including Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez (Daily Star).
But there has been just as much speculation about players being sold too.
Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop have all been linked with departures.