Carlos Tevez playing for West Ham
West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan told The Mirror on Thursday that he tried to bring Carlos Tevez back to the club - but ultimately failed.
Tevez, 32, is back in his native Argentina with boyhood club Boca Juniors, where he has scored nine goals in 17 games having left Juventus last summer.
Tevez had established himself as one of the world's top strikers during his time with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, hitting a combined 157 goals in 342 games for three of the world's biggest clubs.
Yet still, many remember Tevez for his brief time at West Ham. A controversial, blockbuster signing from Corinthians in the summer of 2006 - after Tevez had featured at the World Cup in Germany - Tevez took some time to adjust to life in the Premier League, but eventually became an Upton Park hero.
With seven goals in 26 games, Tevez guided West Ham to Premier League survival in 2007, scoring the winning goal on the final day of the season to beat Manchester United and keep the Hammers in the top flight.
Now, with West Ham moving into the Olympic Stadium and looking for a big-name striker, Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan admitted to The Mirror that he offered Tevez a return to East London, but was left stunned when the striker rejected the £150,000-a-week deal and demanded £250,000-a-week instead.
West Ham fans have long admired Tevez having become a cult hero at Upton Park, but their reactions on Twitter to Sullivan's revelation suggest the striker may have lost some fans.
Many suggested that Tevez clearly doesn't love the club as he previously claimed, having asked for such a huge contract to return, and even suggested that they had lost respect for him.
Others noted that Tevez is 32, and West Ham instead need to find the next top striker, rather than spending huge money on a player they signed ten years ago - though others would still love to see Tevez come back to East London this summer...
Tevez was quality in 2006-2010. Done! Get today's striker! #WHUFC— Mikespace Online (@MikespaceOnline) July 6, 2016
I don't mind Carlos Tevez demanding big money to return to #WHUFC - I mind that David Sullivan feels the need to shout about it.— Mitch Waddon (@MitchWaddon) July 6, 2016
If Tevez is demanding £250,000 a week to come back to us, then he is no longer a legend. I thought he "loved" the club...— WHU_Opinions (@WHU_Opinions) July 7, 2016
If Tevez doesn't want to come back to us .. that's it .. Move On . He was brilliant when he was with us .. we should all remember that #whu— Glen H ⚒ (@Glen_WHU64) July 7, 2016
Dont really see the need to bring Tevez back in the first place. and not on the sort of money he was asking for...— Nigel (@NigelCC) July 7, 2016
Would you spend 12m ish to have tevez back for one season? I know i would— WHUFC (@WHUFC_boleyn) July 6, 2016
Kind of disappointed in Carlos Tevez. If you loved a club so much you would play for them for any price. Not enough loyalty these days.— Joe (@joegrover7) July 6, 2016
I've lost all respect for Carlos Tevez after what David Sullivan revealed. How selfish and greedy. He clearly doesn't 'love' the club— Adam Ryan (@AdamRyan6606) July 7, 2016
Still love Tevez to bits, slightly disappointed at him asking so much a week knowing we aren't a rich club, but he'll always be a hero IMO.— JamieHall (@Jamie38Hall) July 6, 2016
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