West Ham and Sporting Lisbon have cleared the way for William Carvalho’s transfer to happen.
A joint statement has been issued saying West Ham and Sporting Lisbon have sorted out their disagreement which developed into bad blood between the clubs in the summer.
In the summer Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho referred to West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold as the ‘dildo brothers’ in an interview with Sporting TV, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.
The Hammers’ proposed £23million deal for Portugal midfielder Carvalho broke down before the transfer window closed.
Sporting claimed West Ham had never submitted an official bid for Carvalho, leading the Hammers to vow to sue the Portuguese club.
De Carvalho hit out at Sullivan and Gold, while Sky Sports News claimed to have obtained emails that proved West Ham did indeed bid for Portugal star Carvalho.
“Instead of spouting off, West Ham’s offer should be shown. Where is it? What proof is there,” De Carvalho said on Sporting TV.
“What has happened here? The chairman (Sullivan) is very happy with the coach (Slaven Bilic), who was the person who wanted William.
“The man wanted to give the coach the player he wanted as much as I want to give a Christmas gift to my enemy. I did not want to give you anything!
“West Ham supporters call Mr David Sullivan and his brother the dildo brothers.”
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 6, 2017
Now though the waters have been calmed following de Carvalho’s plea to move on from this “soap opera” last month.
“West Ham and Sporting Clube de Portugal acknowledge that a breakdown in communication based in contacts between representatives from both Clubs in respect of a possible transfer of William Carvalho was the cause of a misunderstanding,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“Subsequent to this, the Clubs have had positive communications and the matter is now resolved. On this basis, friendly relations between the Clubs will resume and there will be no barriers to both Clubs negotiating or working together in the future.”