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West Ham chairman reveals Slaven Bilic turned down two stunning summer signings

West Ham were offered the chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak this summer but Slaven Bilic said he was happy with his squad

The transfer window is shut so it’s time to stop talking about deals and focus on actual football, right?

Not where West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan is concerned.

He’s come out talking about The Hammers’ signings, or lack of, in the summer, but we can’t shake the feeling that he’s slightly thrown Slaven Bilic under the bus.

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The sadness in his eyes

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The sadness in his eyes

Sullivan said: “Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches were both offered to the manager before their switches elsewhere, but he told us that he is happy with the squad he has.”

Now let’s get this straight.

Bilic would rather have Edimilson Fernandes in his midfield than a Euro 2016 champion and a double Europa League winner?

It’s no secret that a large part of why Sanches ended up on a season-long loan at Swansea was due to Paul Clements relationship with Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti, so we’re slightly dubious that he was offered to West Ham.

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We can’t wait to see this man play in the Premier League

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We can’t wait to see this man play in the Premier League

Sullivan continued: “It is no secret that we made a club record bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho but unfortunately that offer was rejected a couple of weeks ago.

“Late last night Sporting Lisbon made contact to accept the original offer, but unfortunately it was just too late in the day, and we simply did not have enough time to put the player through a medical.”

“We were not prepared, as a club, to buy a player for that amount of money without him having gone through adequate medical checks.”

Hammers fans weren’t particularly impressed by Sullivan’s comments.

So is this the end for Bilic’s time at West Ham?

It’s difficult to see him coming back from this, but where West Ham are concerned you’re never quite sure.

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