West Ham fans react to Carlos Tevez rejecting return, claim they've lost respect for him

Carlos Tevez - West Ham

West Ham have failed in a bid to bring Carlos Tevez back to the club.

Carlos Tevez - West HamCarlos 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.

West Ham United's Carlos Tevez wearing a t-shirt with a tribute to their retiring kitman Eddie Gillam

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.

Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring the first goal for West Ham United

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 United's Carlos Tevez

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...

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