A new claim about West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan will be music to the ears of the club’s fans.

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Sullivan, fellow co-owner David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady have been the subject of fierce criticism from West Ham fans in recent years.

The list of grievances supporters have with the West Ham hierarchy is long and varied.

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Hammers fans have bemoaned Sullivan involvement in transfers

But one of the major bones of contention for Hammers fans has been Sullivan’s involvement in West Ham’s transfers and recruitment.

Previous West Ham bosses like Sam Allardyce and Slaven Bilic have both claimed Sullivan often signed players without their say-so (talkSPORTEvening Standard).

And after sacking Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos, Sullivan confirmed in an interview last year he was once again taking a lead on negotiating West Ham transfer business (talkSPORT).

Since the arrival of David Moyes West Ham’s business has been first class.

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Report makes claim that will delight supporters

The signings of Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson and Jesse Lingard have been inspired.

There are hopes Said Benrahma will prove a key addition in the future too.

Now a new report from The Athletic has made a claim that will delight West Ham fans.

Moyes is famous for his due diligence before making transfer moves.


And The Athletic states that Sullivan has been so impressed by Moyes he has now taken a big step back from transfers and recruitment.

“Those close to the board say they have a lot of trust in Moyes and have felt vindicated in their decision to re-appoint him as manager,” The Athletic states.

“Sullivan has backed the manager with money and crucially no longer insists on the same involvement in transfers. He places a lot of confidence in Moyes’ judgement with recruitment.

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‘Changing for the better at West Ham as Moyes has final say’

“It is understood he (Sullivan) did have significant involvement in West Ham’s recruitment. This appears to be changing, for the better. Sullivan discusses targets, but Moyes has the final say on signings.”

Moyes has admitted himself he may not get every signing right at West Ham.

And in his pre-Newcastle press conference the Scot suggested he may have to start aiming for a higher quality of player as the club progresses.

But West Ham’s recruitment policy under him of bringing in lesser known, younger, hungry talent is serving the club well.

Long may it continue.

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