Sullivan exclusive: Top club came late for Kouyate

Sully2West Ham supremo David Sullivan has admitted that late interest in the club’s £7 million signing Cheikhou Kouyaté had threatened to derail the Irons big summer deal.

Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he declared: “Another top club came in on Monday for the player, but I don’t think its right that we name the club.”

The club believed they had the player under lock and key until then and were left clinging onto their hopes whilst the European outfit negotiated with Kayoute’s club Anderlecht.

But eventually the player’s strength of character overcame the obstacles and Sullivan revealed: “The main reason this deal was done was the player wanted to play for us and held firm.

“It was a very tough deal to complete. The price just kept going up. It’s been going on for three weeks.”

Sullivan revealed that the player had first come to the club’s attention whilst manager Sam Allardyce had gone to watch a striker at an Anderlecht match.

He said: He went to watch a striker but this player caught his attention. We then did a lot of research and we believe he has a good chance of being a top player.

“Now We expect to sign the or four more but it’s all about who is value for money.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

9 comments on “Sullivan exclusive: Top club came late for Kouyate

  1. Excellent, well informed, step by step coverage of this signing, when some others were rushing to print to say that the deal was off whilst others were saying, at the same time, that he had signed or had undergone a medical. Many thanks.

    I don’t know much about the player but he is hard working and apparently quick. He is clearly someone fancied by other top teams. I suspect that we may have had a result here.

  2. Got to echo Poacher. You’ve become my ‘go to’ website for the most accurate and un-sensationalist news about the club. Thanks Hugh.

  3. Yes agreed always the first site I come too as well thx for all the good info over the last few months 🙂

  4. I’ve quite enjoyed reading the step by step stages of this transfer, pretty insightful

  5. I think the reason that most of us choose this site over others – in addition to its sensible, factual, well sourced content – is the fact that it is, at the moment at least – free of all the stupid rants and personal abuse that is a constant feature of so many of the others.

    Yes there will always be disagreement and amongst passionate football fans that is a given, but disagreement can be polite and the argument won on the quality of the argument, not personal abuse. Please do your best to keep this site civilised, I feel sure that you will be supported in your efforts.

    Many thanks.

    • Thanks Poacher. I have an FB ClaretandHugh forum where swearing and personal abuse receive an official red card. I get plenty of rubbish – no problem. We do our best pal and won’t abuse others publicly or privately.

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