Sullivan admits West Ham transfer plans hurt by Sheffield Utd debt

West Ham United's transfer plans have been complicated by the money owed to Sheffield United.

West Ham United's transfer plans have been complicated by the money owed to Sheffield United.

West Ham's summer transfer business is being hampered by a £10million debt still owed to Sheffield United as part of the Carlos Tevez saga, says the Daily Mail.

The Hammers settled an out-of-court compensation package — understood to be in the region of £24million — with the Yorkshire club over fielding Tevez ineligibly, something the Blades successfully argued cost them their Premier League status in 2007.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan wrote in Saturday's match programme notes: "We’ve done some good business and brought in some real quality despite our still-limited resources.

"We have an eight-figure sum still outstanding over the Tevez affair, even though we have been paying it down over the past two years.

"That amount has to be paid off over the next 12 months, which does take its toll on our transfer activity."

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