Neymar: The ‘Hammer’ who got away!



David Sullivan has admitted making a bid for Brazilian World Cup superstar Neymar was at the centre of a major  bid by West Ham United four years ago!

It was an entirely serious move by the West Ham who tried to grab the player as an 18 year old.

David Sullivan confirmed this morning to ClaretandHugh that he had made a bid worth around £16m for the then 18 year wonder kid

Reports had emerged over the weekend claiming that the Irons had made a bold bid and Sullivan told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “Yes, that’s true – we did.”

Santos rejected it  insisting  they would not deal at less than the than the player’s £28.4m release clause.

The bid from West Ham alerted Chelsea who made their own offer in August 2010 but were also turned down after Pele persuaded Neymar to stay in Brazil.

Neymar was born on the February 5 which is the same as the Joint Chairman  Sullivan, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In 2012 during an interview with Hammers www.westhamtilidie.com owner Iain Dale Sullivan had said: I believe in coincidence. Get this. Carlos Tévez. Born, 5 February. Cristiano Ronaldo. Born 5 February. Neymar. Born 5 February. All born on the same day as me. Jordan Rhodes, also born 5 February. And you know what, this other player that we didn’t sign, also born 5 February.

When I saw the Huddersfield guy was the same date as me and the same date as those players, I thought it was written in the stars. Just incredible. An incredible coincidence, isn’t it?”

The other player he refers to is believed to have been Billy Sharp.

We just need to be on the lookout this transfer window for the next superstar born on 5th Feb.

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  • teddybard says:

    Vinnie Jones too 5th Feb.

    • Others include

      Cesare Maldini Former Italy coach, born 1932.
      Sven-Goran Eriksson Former England and Manchester City manager, now technical director at Al Nasr, born 1948.
      Gheorghe Hagi Former Romania and Barcelona striker, now retired, born 1965.
      Billy Dodds Former Scotland striker, born 1969.
      Giovanni van Bronckhorst Former Arsenal and Rangers midfielder, born 1975.
      John Aloisi Australia international and former Coventry striker, now manager of Melbourne Heart, born 1976.
      Vedran Corluka Lokomotiv Moscow defender, formerly with Tottenham, born 1986.

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