In a shocking turn of events, the transfer deals of both Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals from West Ham have collapsed, with FIFA having launched an investigation into both transfers' collapse. Both Olympique Lyon and Real Betis are reportedly furious with West Ham.
Transfer Deadline Day - you can't beat the drama it gives. Said Benrahma had managed to arrive in Lyon yesterday, have his medical AND sign a contract, yet hasn't signed for the club. The reason? West Ham forgot to register his transfer on FIFA's TMS (Transfer Matching System). Lyon have reportedly appealed to FIFA over the matter, which has since been accepted. There is still a chance that Fornals gets his move to Real Betis, with paperwork allegedly completed in time.
West Ham played Bournemouth last night in a 1-1 draw - a game in which West Ham were lucky to even get a point. James Ward-Prowse occupied the left hand side, where either Benrahma or Fornals would usually play. Benrahma and his family were allegedly furious over the matter. Lyon released a statement last night that read:
"Olympique Lyonnais was delighted to welcome Saïd Benrahma to Lyon this Thursday to finalise his transfer from West Ham. The two clubs had signed a temporary transfer agreement, and Olympique Lyonnais had obtained the approval of the DNCG to allow the transfer to take place in a fluid and transparent manner.
However, in the early evening, when Olympique Lyonnais had entered all the administrative data on FIFA's dedicated platform (FIFA TMS), West Ham had never launched any technical procedure on its part, despite OL's repeated reminders and continuous mutual telephone communication.
Olympique Lyonnais deeply regrets this situation and decision, demonstrating a deep lack of respect on the part of West Ham for the Institution and the player.
The club reserves the right to initiate all appropriate procedures necessary to validate the operation later, and to hold West Ham accountable if necessary."
As a West Ham supporter, it really comes to no shock why clubs hate doing business with us - and more specifically, David Sullivan. I remember a few years ago that we did something similar to Leicester over the transfer of Islam Slimani, after The Foxes refused to do any business with Karren Brady.
Brady was understood to have annoyed Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, meaning Slimani ended up at Newcastle instead of the Hammers. Realistically, we can point fingers all we want, but it just isn't good enough from this club to not only mess up one players' transfer, but TWO. On the same day. Only at West Ham, eh?