Sporting Lisbon’s communications chief Nuno Saraiva has disputed a claim by West Ham’s David Sullivan that the east London club made an offer for William Carvalho.
Sullivan, joint-chairman of the Hammers, used the club’s website on Friday to explain that his club had had an initial bid for the 25-year-old Portugal international midfielder rejected.
And he went on to say that Sporting had contacted West Ham close to the deadline to accept the offer, only for Sullivan to turn the opportunity down.
However, Sporting have now disputed this claim, with Saraiva taking to Facebook to respond: “No proposal arrived for the player William Carvalho. Mr Sullivan has a duty to prove what he says. For this reason, Sporting Clube de Portugal challenge him to publicly show the proposals he says have been made, as well as the evidence that Sporting CP has received them.”