Amusing to hear David Moyes talking about how West Ham’s January transfer plans went wrong on deadline day.
More importantly, how it ended up being to Newcastle United’s benefit.
David Moyes says that a loan deal had been agreed on Tuesday night for Islam Slimani to move to the Hammers for the rest of the season.
However, he has revealed that it was only when he woke up on Wednesday morning that he found out the deal was now off.
“Slimani was agreed on Tuesday night and it didn’t come off on Wednesday.
“I woke up on Wednesday to be told that it wasn’t going to happen.”
Moyes didn’t elaborate on Friday as to why this was the case but a newspaper exclusive did.
The Mirror (see below) reported that a Slimani move to West Ham was blocked by Leicester City’s owner, though they didn’t reveal just how far the move had progressed before that happened, David Moyes having indicated that everything had been agreed before that block.
Leicester’s owner stopping the deal happening due to West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady annoying him with what she wrote in The Sun 12 months earlier.
Obviously Islam Slimani still has to do the business on the pitch but this does beg the question, just who (if anybody???) would Newcastle have signed to try and get the goals for survival, if it hadn’t been for the Leicester City owner’s intervention?
The Mag – Friday 2 February 2018:
It has emerged that Newcastle fans have Karren Brady to thank for helping Newcastle United to at last land a striker with some kind of goalscoring pedigree at the top level.
Islam Slimani completed his loan move inside the last hour of the January transfer window, to hopefully add goals that will help ensure Premier League survival.
Wednesday’s signing of the Algerian striker happened to a back drop of competition from elsewhere.
West Ham were one of those keen on Islam Slimani, The Mirror revealing that somebody high up at the Hammers had called Leicester to try and sign the forward.
They got an instant knockback though – due to an interesting/amusing reason.
As well as being vice-chair of West Ham, Karren Brady loves the media limelight and as well as TV exposure such as working on The Apprentice, she also has a newspaper column in The Sun, where she likes to grab attention with a bit of controversy whenever possible.
It has backfired this time though.
Last February Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri and Karren Brady then wrote in The Sun:
‘A fellow Premier League director reports that last night he bumped into the Leicester chairman (Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha) at London’s most-expensive wine shop.
The Leicester owner told him they’d sacked Claudio Ranieri.
He then casually settled his bill for wine and champagne.
Since the sum was close to £500,000 I guess the compensation to his old manager is pocket change.
At least the owner can drown his sorrows in style!’
The Mirror say that even though West Ham have since apologised for Brady’s actions, the Leicester City owner instantly put the block on allowing Slimani to move to the Hammers.
On joining NUFC, Islam Slimani revealed that there had been other competing clubs:
“It’s true there were a lot of clubs that were interested in me, but knowing the power of the fans and crowd here and how great they are, and also speaking to the manager, it gave me the confidence to know that this was the right place.
“Rafa Benitez is a big coach with a big reputation, so him calling and him being here, had a big effect on my choice.”
Obviously there can only be one thing you can say to Karren Brady…’You’re fired’!