West Ham call truce in Sporting dispute
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.