Chairman Sullivan once admitted that had he known the problems the signing could bring he may never have moved for the former Newcastle and Liverpool star.
But it seems the big man has won him over and he admitted: “He is a fantastic player who has proven to us just how important he is since he has come back into the team and we’ll support him.”
David Gold meanwhile sent his heartfelt sympathies to the player declaring: “The knee injury is completely new – the other two have been sorted. He’s as brave as a lion and will be back.”
The Hammers are now even more frustrated at their failure to land Emmanuel Adebayor but Sullivan and manager are continuing their search with the chairman admitting: “We are looking at out of contract options.”