By Harvey Byrne
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has claimed that the club were offered Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches while they were at Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich over the summer, but manager Slaven Bilic was happy with his squad.
The midfield pair have both moved to the Premier League this summer with Krychowiak moving out on loan to West Brom, while Sanches joined Swansea, also on a loan deal.
Both were considered to be considerable coups for the respective sides due to the reputations of the players which saw them previously earn moves to two of Europe’s biggest clubs.
However, now with the summer window closed Sullivan has staggeringly claimed that West Ham were offered both players, but Bilic decided against a move.
“Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches were both offered to the manager before their switches elsewhere, but he told us that he is happy with the squad he has,” told Sullivan, as quoted by the official West Ham website.
“As a Board we are behind Slaven, and he believes he has the tools to turn around our form and rectify our disappointing start to the season.”
West Ham have had a dreadful start to the Premier League season despite adding the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez to their side with three defeats from their first three games, leaving them bottom of the table.
Sullivan also confirmed that the Hammers missed out on signing Sporting Lisbon’s midfielder William Carvalho and decided against making a late offer after the Portuguese giants told they would accept their original bid.
Now, the Hammers have been left with Mark Noble, Gelson Fernandes, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and youngster Declan Rice as their central midfield options and fans will certainly be hoping the decision not to sign at least one of Sanches, Krychowiak, or Carvalho doesn’t prove costly at the end of the season.
In other West Ham transfer news, a European giant also pulled the plug on this Hammers deadline day deal.