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02/09/2017 - 13:53 GMT

Prove It David Sullivan – Sporting Lisbon Hit Out At West Ham Supremo Over William Carvalho Claims

 




Sporting Lisbon's director of communications Nuno Saraiva has hit out at West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan and challenged him to prove his claims on William Carvalho. 

Sullivan has claimed Sporting Lisbon contacted West Ham on transfer deadline day to inform the Hammers they were willing to accept an offer made for midfielder William, which they had earlier rejected.




The West Ham co-chairman says there was simply not enough time to complete the deal and the Hammers would not authorise such a big-money purchase without being able to perform adequate medical checks on William.

But Sullivan's words have not sat well with Sporting Lisbon and the club's communications director says untruths are being told and the West Ham chief must prove what he is saying.

 

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"Mr David Sullivan lies. Sporting Club de Portugal, as was said by its president, did not receive any proposal for the player William Carvalho", he wrote in a statement on Facebook.

"The football industry is not the stage of an adult film in which all obscenities are allowed.

"For this reason, the owner of a club requires much more than this intellectual pornography.

"Mr Sullivan has a duty to prove what he says.

"For this reason, Sporting Clube de Portugal challenges him to publicly show the proposals he says have been made as well as the evidence that Sporting CP has received them."

The communications director admits that agents may have been offering William around, but insists that was nothing to do with Sporting Lisbon.

He explained that "we have nothing to do with the actions of businessmen or relatives who live on the expense of players and who are offering them from club to club at a price, without a mandate, as if they are cheap merchandise in a supermarket, thus devaluing the player and the club, and creating lamentable situations that have already forced, in this case, Sporting Club de Portugal to take drastic measures to defend against these characters that are parasites in the lives of some players."

William has long been linked with moving to the Premier League and it appeared he could do so this summer with West Ham.

But the Portugal international now remains at Sporting Lisbon until January at least.