Carlos Tevez during his time at West Ham
West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told The Mirror that he has offered Carlos Tevez a deal worth £150,000-a-week to return to the club - but the striker has turned it down.
With West Ham searching for a striker to mark their move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, it always seemed like just a matter of time before they made a move for fan favourite Tevez.
The Argentine striker, 32, is currently enjoying a second spell with Boca Juniors, and even after spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus - three of the world's biggest clubs - many still think of Tevez's super spell at West Ham.
A stunning, controversial signing in the summer of 2006, Tevez spent just one season at Upton Park, but scored seven goals in 26 games to lead the club away from relegation, even scoring the winning goal away at Manchester United on the final day of the 2006/07 season to keep West Ham in the Premier League.
Tevez has since established himself as one of the world's top strikers, but he has always professed his love for West Ham, as quoted by the Daily Mail back in November 2014.
Now, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed that, with the club searching for a new striker this summer, they have in fact offered a deal to give Tevez a hero's welcome back to East London - but Tevez has turned the offer down.
Sullivan has told The Mirror that he offered Tevez a deal worth £150,000-a-week to re-join the club, but the Argentinian wants a stunning £250,000-a-week, a deal which West Ham are unsurprisingly unwilling to pay right now.
Sullivan also questioned just how much Tevez actually loves West Ham, but The Mirror interestingly note that West Ham and Sullivan still hope they can change Tevez's mind and sign him this summer.
"We tried to get Tevez but he wanted £250,000 a week. In his last year at Juventus he was great. But 250 grand a week?" said Sullivan. "He’ll probably stay where he is now, but he doesn’t pay a lot of tax down there. All this business ‘I love West Ham.’ Well, it’s ‘I love West Ham if they give me 250 grand a week.’ So how much love is that for West Ham?"
"I actually offered him 150 grand a week to come back plus bonuses. I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. It wasn’t a publicity stunt, I saw him being our No.1 striker. I was hoping he would reproduce what he did at Juventus a year ago. He was a fantastic player. But where do you draw the line with what you are prepared to pay?" he added.
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