Danny Murphy delivers cutting verdict on Leicester's refusal to do business with West Ham

Danny Murphy smiles during the Fulham press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League final match against Atletico Madrid at HSH Nordbank Arena on May 11, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.

West Ham United wanted to sign Islam Slimani from Leicester City on transfer deadline day but the Algerian ended up at Newcastle United.

Leicester City Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha acknowledges the fans during a lap of the pitch after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Bournemouth at King Power...

According to reports, Leicester flatly refused to do business with West Ham after taking offence to a column written by controversial vice-chairman Karren Brady last season.

The Mirror claims West Ham blew the chance to sign Slimani because Brady, a hugely unpopular figure with Hammers fans, annoyed Foxes supremo Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with comments relating to the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri last year.

The Leicester chief was said to be 'seething' over her comments and ignored the injury-hit Hammers' interest before allowing Slimani to join West Ham's relegation rivals instead.

Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United attend the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge on October 5, 2016 in London, England.

West Ham reportedly apologised for any offence caused, but Leicester refused to budge in what was one of the big talking points after deadline day and another embarrassing episode for the Hammers' under fire board.

But speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate, pundit Danny Murphy delivered a cutting verdict on Leicester's attitude towards the East Londoners.

"Well that's ridiculous," Murphy said of Srivaddhanaprabha's stance on The Debate.

Danny Murphy smiles during the Fulham press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League final match against Atletico Madrid at HSH Nordbank Arena on May 11, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.

"It's ridiculous because if every club didn't deal with another club because of something in the press that they didn't like then nobody would do any business with anybody would they?"

Joining Murphy as a guest on The Debate, former Spurs and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood also suggested the Hammers didn't need Slimani anyway as Andy Carroll - although currently injured - is a better player.

West Ham fans have been unhappy for some time with the way co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are running the club and are equally unhappy with Brady's involvement in the move to the Olympic Stadium and her weekly column in The Sun.

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