West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan’s email offers for William Carvalho revealed after Sporting Lisbon rejected West Ham club record bid


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Images of emails to Portuguese club leaked as Hammers offered £22.25m to be paid in three instalments, plus add-ons as a bitter row with Sporting chairman went public after deadline day

DAVID SULLIVAN’S emails to Sporting Lisbon showing West Ham’s failed offer for William Carvalho have been revealed.

But the Hammers have been trolled on social media after revealing they expected to qualify for the Champions League – despite losing the first three games of the season.

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David Sullivan sent emails to Sporting Lisbon offering a club-record fee for midfielder William Carvalho

William Carvalho has been linked with a move to the Premier League for the last few years


William Carvalho has been linked with a move to the Premier League for the last few years

Sky Sports News revealed the content of the emails, which confirmed they offered £22.85m for Carvalho, plus add-ons.

West Ham wanted to pay three instalments for the player over 24 months and add a 10 per cent sell-on clause.

But fans could not get their heads around one of the add-on clauses: that they would pay Sporting a bonus if they qualified for the Champions League.

The Hammers are currently rock bottom of the Premier League with three games played and have conceded 10 goals so far this term.

And at the bottom of the email, dated August 11, 2017, he added: “We wish to conclude this asap or we’ll be borrowing a player from PSG.”

Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho told TV in Portugal: “Where is it? Proof?


THE content of David Sullivan’s email to Sporting Lisbon…

From: David Sullivan

Date: 11 August 2017

RE YOUR PLAYER William Carvalho.

Subject to contract, medical and agreeing personal terms with the player

This is to confirm that WHU FC will pay 25m Euros payable in 3 instalments over 24 months (8.333m Euros now, August 2018 and August 2019)

10 per cent sell on.

Add ons to be agreed (eg WHU qualify for Champions League and player making 85 per cent of starts in season achieved.)

These can’t just be games as he will be our record signing and we expect him to play the games.

We wish to conclude this asap or we’ll be borrowing a player from PSG.

Sporting Lisbon chairman Bruno de Carvalho nicknamed David Sullivan and David Gold the 'Dildo Brothers' on Portuguese TV


Sporting Lisbon chairman Bruno de Carvalho nicknamed David Sullivan and David Gold the ‘Dildo Brothers’ on Portuguese TV

“I’ve had them for almost the whole squad: West Ham supporters call Mr Sullivan and his brother, the Dildo Brothers…

“These messengers, these offended virgins, the president of West Ham… we must know the truth.”

Now it seems a version of the truth has been unveiled to the public over the failed deal, which has caused so much bickering from hundreds of miles away.

Carvalho, 25, was part of Portugal’s team that won Euro 2016 last summer and has been linked to Manchester United in the past.

West Ham claimed they are set to commence legal proceedings against Sporting for comments made in the aftermath of the transfer deadline day on August 31.

Sullivan said last week: “It is no secret that we made a club record bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho but unfortunately that offer was rejected a couple of weeks ago.

“Late last night Sporting Lisbon made contact to accept the original offer but unfortunately it was too late in the day, and we simply did not have enough time to put the player through a medical.

“We were not prepared, as a club, to buy a player for that amount of money without him having gone through adequate medical checks.”

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Fans were not so forgiving of Sullivan on Twitter though.

One footy supporter said: “Making champions league hahahahaha no wonder they rejected.”

Another quipped: “This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all day! Fake as f***!”

While another refused to believe it was real, declaring: “If I received that it would be getting sent to my spam with my African lotto wins and my HMRC rebate ffs.”

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