West Ham United worked hard to bring in a new centre-back on transfer deadline day according to their joint-chairman.
Football is often shrouded in mystery, with supporters unaware if transfer rumours are based on facts or simply plucked out of the air by reporters and gossip-mongers alike.
But Sullivan’s words reveal an element of transparency rarely seen by a club’s hierarchy, as he explained that they were on the lock-out for a new centre-back, and almost signed one only for the deal to fall through late on.
Explaining that West Ham’s injury-blighted defence had prompted them into action, Sullivan wrote, “We prioritised that position and targeted two experienced Premier League defenders but could not reach an agreement with them over the length of their deals.
“We then appeared to have reached an agreement with a rising star central defender from oversees, but that deal fell through at the eleventh hour as his club would not have had time to replace him.”
Clubs usually hold firm in the face of speculation, refusing to reveal what is true and what is not, what they failed to achieve and what they had no inclination of doing in the first place. So it is refreshing – if frustrating – for West Ham fans to see that they were close to bringing in a new defender only to fall short…like a few deals on a relatively uneventful deadline day.
Now it is up to the players West Ham manager Sam Allardyce does have at his disposal to keep his side firing on all cylinders.
If they can do that, there is no telling what this promising campaign could bring.