The Daily Mail says the January issue of Spursâ€™ official magazine recalls the biggest deal between the two clubs â€” Jermain Defoeâ€™s Â£7million switch five years ago â€” and its triumphalist tone wonâ€™t have made for pleasant reading in east London.
Labelling the striker "one of our best mid-term captures", the magazine wrote: "Itâ€™s 30 January 2004, and Hammers boss Alan Pardew is confident Defoe is staying at Upton Park: 'I think a move on the scale of Jermain cannot be done within two days,' he said.
"â€˜I am pretty optimistic he will remain a West Ham player.' Two days later, we had our man."
But now chief executive Scott Duxbury has cried enough, claiming London rivalry and fansâ€™ feelings must be taken into account.
Sources suggest the move may also win him fansâ€™ support ahead of renewed scrutiny of his position in the latest Carlos Tevez inquiry.