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Sullivan: why we pulled out of Zapata deal


Filed: Wednesday, 14th August 2013
By: Staff Writer


West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed why West Ham pulled out of the hunt to sign Columbian forward Duvan Zapata.

West Ham had hoped to sign the 22-year-old Estudiantes forward last month but the deal collapsed after it was revealed that Zapata was unlikely to gain to gain a work permit as a result of never having played international football.

Sullivan, speaking exclusively to KUMB.com ahead of the new season said: "We nearly signed a striker who may end up at Queens Park Rangers, but we didn't think we could get a work permit.

"He's not played a single international and our problem is that we couldn't wait a month so see if we could get a work permit, as we need players now.

"There is a small chance he could get a work permit, but it's very difficult for a 22-year-old. He's not 18, he's 22 without a single full international and it's hard to see how you could bring him under the special talent rule.

"There's two fantastic players ahead of him [in the national team]. But it all just went on too long and Sam wanted to use the money elsewhere."

Sullivan, who was talking to KUMB.com in an exclusive Q&A - more of which we'll bring you later - also revealed that West Ham are unlikely to make any further new signings until some players have been sold due to the wage cap imposed by the new FFP rules.





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