West Ham call truce in Sport­ing dis­pute

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Football - By Sam Wal­lace

West Ham have rec­on­ciled with Sport­ing Lis­bon af­ter the in­fa­mous “dildo brothers” dis­pute in Septem­ber over whether or not there was an agree­ment in place for the trans­fer of Por­tu­gal mid­fielder Wil­liam Car­valho to the Lon­don club.

The row reached its zenith when the Sport­ing president Bruno de Car­valho called West Ham’s jointchair­men David Sul­li­van and David Gold “the dildo brothers”. The Por­tuguese club were en­raged that West Ham had claimed that Sport­ing had tried to re­vive the deal at the end of the sum­mer win­dow.

Af­ter threats of le­gal ac­tion from West Ham, and var­i­ous al­le­ga­tions from Sport­ing’s side, the clubs re­leased state­ments on their re­spec­tive web­sites to say that they had now over­come their dif­fer­ences. West Ham blamed a “break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion … be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives” dur­ing talks over Car­valho.

The strug­gling Pre­mier League club prompted sug­ges­tions that it may yet make an­other bid for the 25-year-old in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Claim­ing that the mat­ter was now “re­solved”, West Ham said in a state­ment that “friendly re­la­tions be­tween the clubs will re­sume and there will be no bar­ri­ers to both clubs ne­go­ti­at­ing or work­ing to­gether in the fu­ture”.

Car­valho, the 25-year-old Euro 2016 win­ner, was rated at around £25mil­lion in the sum­mer.

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