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Sport West Ham woe as Sullivan says he can't guarantee making ANY signings

14:46  23 september  2020
14:46  23 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Daniele Rugani, James Tarkowski, David Moyes, David Gold, Karren Brady, David Sullivan posing for a photo: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

West Ham supporters were left alarmed on Wednesday after co-owner David Sullivan warned that the club aren't guaranteed to make any new signings.

The Hammers have endured a summer of discontent and the pressure has intensified once again on the owners after seeing no fresh faces walk through the door, while they sold highly-rated Grady Diangana to West Brom for £20million.

Fans have been furious with the direction West Ham are going in - some supporters have supported the GSB (Gold, Sullivan, Brady) Out campaign, with a small group of protestors unfurling anti-ownership banners outside the ground before kick-off against Newcastle on the opening day of the season, and again outside the Emirates Stadium last Saturday.

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a man and a woman sitting on a chair: David Sullivan (centre) has admitted he can't guarantee West Ham will make any signings © Provided by Daily Mail David Sullivan (centre) has admitted he can't guarantee West Ham will make any signings a man talking on a cell phone: It has been a turbulent summer at West Ham with the club unable to bring in any fresh faces © Provided by Daily Mail It has been a turbulent summer at West Ham with the club unable to bring in any fresh faces

And on Wednesday, Sullivan played down expectations before the summer window closes by telling talkSPORT that the transfer market leaves him 'depressed' while claiming he can't bring in the players that manager David Moyes is looking for.

Sullivan revealed: 'It's the manager's decision. He doesn't want to bring in players who are just numbers, just squad players. He wants to bring players in who will improve the team.

'We have a number of bids in for a number of players, but teams don't want to lose them; these are key players at decent sized clubs, outside the UK. They don't want to lose them so whether we get any of these players I do not know.'

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West Ham have been heavily linked with defender James Tarkowski but their pursuit has hit a wall after their bids were rebuffed by Burnley.

Meanwhile they have interest in Juventus' Daniele Rugani, with the Serie A giants willing to listen to offers, but they face competition from Newcastle.

a man with a football ball: West Ham's pursuit of Burnley defender James Tarkowski has hit a wall this summer © Provided by Daily Mail West Ham's pursuit of Burnley defender James Tarkowski has hit a wall this summer Daniele Rugani standing in front of a crowd: West Ham have interest in Juventus' Daniel Rugani but face competition from Newcastle © Provided by Daily Mail West Ham have interest in Juventus' Daniel Rugani but face competition from Newcastle

And they have also lost out on both Eberechi Eze and Ryan Fraser to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Newcastle respectively - with things certainly not going to plan at the London Stadium as those around them strengthen.

He continued: 'We've got a very unbalanced squad. We've now got the funds to buy a player or two, but unfortunately at the moment the players the manager wants we can't get, and he'll be spending 18 hours a day looking at types trying to find players.

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'I'm waiting for targets for the manager and we've got two or three bids in, but unfortunately the benchmark is very high and it's very hard to get those players.

'We have got limited funds; if we had £400million to spend and someone said you spend 10 per cent of it – £40m – on a 28-year-old centre-back from a Premier League club who will remain nameless, at £40m you'd probably get the player out.

a football player on a field: West Ham lost out on the likes of Eberechi Eze and Ryan Fraser to Premier League rivals © Provided by Daily Mail West Ham lost out on the likes of Eberechi Eze and Ryan Fraser to Premier League rivals a man with a football ball: Ryan Fraser, who was available on a free transfer, opted to join Newcastle United this summer © Provided by Daily Mail Ryan Fraser, who was available on a free transfer, opted to join Newcastle United this summer

'For 10 per cent of your budget it would probably make sense but to spend your entire budget on a 28-year-old centre-back. We've also got the fact we'll probably get no gate money for the rest of the season and we've got to keep the club afloat and pay wages.

'I cannot say for sure that we are going to sign anybody. As each day passes I am getting more depressed.'

Sullivan's interview immediately sparked an angry response from West Ham fans on social media, with many calling for the former Birmingham co-owner to depart.

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User @westhamtransfer wrote on Twitter: 'David Sullivan is the worst human being of all time. I hope he.... yeah you can finish the rest', while @WestHamSocial said: 'Sullivan please be quiet' before adding 'Name a bigger PR disaster in global business than West Ham United, I'll wait.'

Others took aim at West Ham's transfer record under Gold, Sullivan and Brady, with @Andrew96524465 writing: 'Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Did Sullivan mention when he picked Mido, Benni McCarthy, Chamakh, Zaza, Calleri, Jelavic, Borriello, Emineke, Perez, Wellington, Montenegro, Ilan, Maguire, Nene...? All hopeless signings that frittered ten of millions.'

Twitter user @_78_Hammer said: 'Feel sick listening to this tripe. Less money due to COVID but that doesn't excuse the last ten years. Also, the money from gate receipts is a drop in the ocean compared to the TV money. In addition they are not missing out on match day catering which goes to the treasury. #GSBOUT'

Sullivan's controversial interview comes just days after Sportsmail revealed fans are unhappy with the decision to include former player Dimitri Payet in a mosaic on the outside of the London Stadium.

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Payet, whose acrimonious departure in 2017 still rankles with some, is pictured between club legends Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, which has triggered an angry response.

'Talk about a thorn between two roses,' said one. 'Payet was a brilliant player but the way he left was a disgrace and it's not right.'

a van parked on the side of a building: Hammers fans hold a 'GSB OUT' banner outside the Emirates before their game on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail Hammers fans hold a 'GSB OUT' banner outside the Emirates before their game on Saturday a group of people sitting in front of a window: Gold (centre) and Sullivan (top right) watch West Ham's opening day defeat by Newcastle © Provided by Daily Mail Gold (centre) and Sullivan (top right) watch West Ham's opening day defeat by Newcastle

Meanwhile, Hammers have endured a very tough start to the new Premier League season, and things could be about to get a whole lot worse.

They have lost their opening two matches of the season to Newcastle and Arsenal and they face a nightmare run of fixtures coming up.

Moyes' side take on Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool before October is out.

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West Ham owner David Sullivan has revealed that David Moyes thought nothing of his 'sore throat' before the Hammers boss and two other players tested positive for coronavirus .

The Hammers were rocked just moments before their Carabao Cup third round tie against Hull on Tuesday night when Moyes, plus Issa Diop and Josh Cullen tested positive for Covid-19 within an hour of the match.

The clash still went ahead, which West Ham won 5-1, but the headlines were dominated by the decision to give the game the green light despite the risk that the virus could pass.

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West Ham manager David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus before the match vs Hull © Provided by Daily Mail West Ham manager David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus before the match vs Hull

And on Wednesday morning, Sullivan gave some insight into the news of the small outbreak within the Hammers camp.

Sullivan told talkSPORT: 'What we do in the Premier League, every team we are tested three times a week during pre-season and we are now tested once a week so we were all tested on Monday.

'The results came through at literally 6:30/6:45 last night and unfortunately two of the players tested positive, so the manager had to juggle the the team with who was there and then had to go home and self-isolate, as did the two players.

'And then the whole team will be retested today to see if we have any more casualties. All the players are fine, I mean they have slightly sore throats.

'The manager actually was on fine form this morning, he has had a slight sore throat for a couple of days but he put it down to the fact that he shouts a lot.

'He is a pretty hands on manager, coach and he is on the training pitch, screaming and shouting. And he said look 'I do get a sore throat occasionally, so I thought nothing of it'. It's just a minor sore throat and hopefully it doesn't get worse.'

a football player on a field: Issa Diop also tested positive for coronavirus as West Ham were rocked before Tuesday's game © Provided by Daily Mail Issa Diop also tested positive for coronavirus as West Ham were rocked before Tuesday's game

'I think he has to self-isolate for 10 days under the guidelines. We had them all retested last night with a slight hope they test negative and it's what they call a false positive. But since they have slight sore throats, you have to think every possibility that they do have the virus unfortunately.'

The trio were within the match 'bubble' at the London Stadium when they learnt of their positive tests at 6.20pm, before leaving the ground immediately.

Diop and Cullen had both been named in the initial West Ham starting XI when the team lists dropped at 6.30pm, ahead of an update at 6.47pm that they had been replaced by Harrison Ashby and Jack Wilshere.

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The EFL confirmed to Sportsmail that the decision to go ahead was made by the two clubs' medical departments in consultation with two off-site EFL doctors, and that protocols had been followed. They also pointed to evidence that the risk of transmission between players outdoor is low.

Alan Irvine, who stood in for Moyes, said: 'At 6.20pm we suddenly got some info. Immediately at that point you're thinking we've got a game in an hour and 10 minutes so we had to focus on that, and that's what we did. We had to pick a different team. I had a chat with the players, explained the situation and then we got on with the game.

Josh Cullen with a football ball on a field: Josh Cullen has also contracted the virus alongside both Moyes and Diop at London Stadium © Provided by Daily Mail Josh Cullen has also contracted the virus alongside both Moyes and Diop at London Stadium

'There was contact in so far as we were in the same area as David. We'd been at the stadium, as we usually get there one hour and 45 to two hours before, so we had been around.

'We were shocked by the news because we have had so many tests and not had any positive. We do know that the tests are not completely accurate so we will wait and see what happens.'

The fact the game went ahead, even with protocols being followed, raised eyebrows on a day when plans for crowds to return to sporting events in October were shelved by the government amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

A West Ham statement said Moyes, Diop and Cullen were 'asymptomatic', but there will now be doubts over their Premier League clash with Wolves on Sunday, while Moyes and the players will have to isolate for 10 days in line with national regulations.

The Premier League are understood to be monitoring the situation. Hull will face Northampton in League One on Saturday.

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