West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Sun that David Sullivan's account of events surrounding moves for Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak aren't quite how he remembers it.
The Hammers ended the transfer window with four major first-team additions, as experienced Premier League performers Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez all arrived at the London Stadium.
However, with three defeats in a row – at the hands of Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United – West Ham face a crunch match against Huddersfield Town this evening.
Some fans were keen to see other signings arrive before last month's transfer deadline, but West Ham stuck with what they had on deadline day – despite claims of players being offered to the club in the dying embers of the transfer window.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan told the club's official website last week that the club had the chance to sign midfielders Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches, who have now joined West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively, but manager Slaven Bilic turned them both down.
Bilic is under huge pressure right now, and fans were left bemused both by Bilic's alleged decision to turn them down, and by Sullivan's decision to go public with the situation.
Now, Bilic has offered his version of events, telling The Sun that Sullivan 'likes to talk', but has every right to do so as West Ham co-owner, and suggested that the two players in question were mentioned at a time where West Ham thought they would be signing William Carvalho.
Bilic appears to have put his eggs in the Carvalho basket, and Krychowiak and Sanches were distractions from the Portuguese international, meaning West Ham ended up with none of them.
"David Sullivan likes to talk – it’s his right to be able to," said Bilic. "I wanted a player [Carvalho] and that is not exactly what happened with those two you mention (Sanches and Krychowiak). I wanted Carvalho and we were in the middle of talking about Carvalho, it looked very, very likely that the deal would happen."
"To be fair, during my time at West Ham, it’s very common that it looks like a player is going to happen, then someone throws in two or three other names and that distracts you from the main target. That’s what happened," he added.