West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan is clearly dizzy from all the attention he has been getting this week.
Sullivan gave a staggering interview to talkSPORT and somehow worsened relations between the West Ham hierarchy and the fans.
The unpopular co-owner publicly revealed West Ham have a £40 million transfer budget.
And according to Sky Sports the Hammers plan to spend much of it on young Saint Etienne defender Wesley Fofana.
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West Ham have submitted a bid totalling around £33 million after add-ons. Leicester City are also said to be interested.
The interest in Fofana does not tally with recent comments from West Ham boss David Moyes.
The Scot told The Evening Standard that he prefers to sign central defenders who are a bit older and more experienced.
Fofana is 19 and has played one season in senior football.
Sky Sports are adamant West Ham have bid for Fofana. And reliable insider ExWHUemployee has confirmed as much.
Insider confirms bid for Fofana
“We have made a bid yes,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“I don’t know for how much or whether we have a chance of getting him at this stage but there is definite interest. As said on show Leicester also in mix too.”
We have made a bid yes. I don’t know for how much or whether we have a chance of getting him at this stage but there is definite interest. As said on show Leicester also in mix too https://t.co/nzYRmGtw5D
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) September 24, 2020
But West Ham’s bid came with a somewhat unbelievable caveat from Sullivan.
Not only has Sullivan given the selling club a deadline to accept his offer, he has asked if he can pay the transfer fee over SIX YEARS.
Sky Sports claim the Hammers have told St Etienne to ‘take it or leave it’. And they want an answer quickly.
Many West Ham fans have suggested those terms indicate Sullivan is not serious about signing Fofana.
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Whether St Etienne will go for the audacious offer from east London remains to be seen.
It would mean the French club receive £5.5m per year from West Ham for the next six years.
Another theory doing the rounds is that West Ham are trying to call Burnley’s bluff over James Tarkowski.
The suggestion from some West Ham fans is that Burnley – who have themselves been quiet in terms of transfers – will panic and accept a lower offer from Sullivan for the England defender.
West Ham fans don’t have to wait long to find out. The transfer window closes in 10 days.