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The role of agents in Hammers transfer disputes

WilliamWest Ham’s version of transfer events has been called into question twice this week. Sporting Lisbon questioned David Sullivan’s statement on the West Ham official website by claiming they had never received a formal bid from the Hammers and today a French newspaper claimed West Ham agreed on a deal with Rennes for Sakho only to change their minds later.

The likelihood is that football agents have played a big role as the go betweens and this is the real reason for the different versions of events and both sides feeling aggrieved.

SakhoWilliam Carvalho had been represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, but the player has dropped his firm Gestifute earlier this year to sign with Media Base Sports, run by Pere Guardiola (brother of Pep Guardiola)

It is likely that it is Pere Guardiola is the man who holds the key to the whole messy dispute and knows who  knew what when and is the man who needs to answer questions posed by both sides.

The same could be said of Mark Mackay and Diafra Sakho, prior to the Sakho deadline day pantomime, rumours came out of France from reliable sources that Sakho was been offered to Ligue 1 clubs. The question is who was offering him around to the clubs and who authorised him to do so?  What role did the son of  Willie MacKay have in the Sakho affair?

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “The role of agents in Hammers transfer disputes

  1. Quite right Sean. These people need to answer questions; if not to us, then to the Board – and then they can clarify to us! There must be a way to pressure individuals for clarity? Can you guys do that?

  2. Is there any sort of regulatory body for football agents? If so who runs it, sounds like could be FIFA or UEFA if it exists!

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