West Ham United have announced that they have settled their differences with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon after a war of words between the hierarchies at the respective clubs took place over the summer.

Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho was a proposed target for West Ham United but the Primeira Liga outfit accused West Ham’s David Sullivan of lying and threatened to report the London club over an illegal approach.

Emails about the proposed bid from West Ham came into the public domain, not to Sporting’s liking.

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West Ham said that Sporting’s accusations were “without foundation” and both clubs spent time going at each other during the summer.

Both sides  have now accepted that there had been a breakdown in communication whilst West Ham also said that they would be happy to engage in any negations in the future, which could pave the way for a bid for Carvalho in January.