West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury admitted there was never a chance of Craig Bellamy joining Tottenham.
He told Sky Sports News: "I made it quite clear to Craig that there wasn't any possibility of him joining Tottenham.
"Why on earth should we sell any player to our rivals that would strengthen their team?
"He did not go on strike. On the Friday he made it clear he wanted to leave and join Tottenham. He was in no frame of mind to train."
Of the move to Manchester City, Duxbury added: "I am not sure it is a sale, because a sale implies that we wanted to do it - which we didn't.
"We made it quite clear to Craig that we wanted him to stay. We didn't want to lose any player because I think we can do something quite special this season.
"I think it might have been six bids that we turned down. We didn't want him to go and he left, so that is never a comfortable situation.
"He is no longer my concern. My concern is (new signing) Savio and the rest of the West Ham players."