West Ham chairman confirms Tottenham’s offer for star man

West Ham chairman David Sullivan has admitted that Tottenham made an attempt to sign all-action midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate last summer but were abruptly told he was not for sale.

The 26-year-old Senegal international has become a fans’ favourite at the Boleyn Ground over recent years and impressed with his physicality and work-rate in the Irons’ boiler room.

Sullivan has confirmed that Tottenham made an offer for the African enforcer last summer – but were warned off with a cheeky request.

“Spurs came on for Kouyate. They said: ‘What would you take for Kouyate?,” Sullivan told The Mirror.

“We said we’d take Harry Kane. Silence on the other end of the line.

“We wouldn’t sell Kouyate. He is not for sale. He signed his new contract and he came out like a tiger the following day. He is a huge man, a real athlete, very fit. A very good player.”

Kouyate will be a crucial member of Slaven Bilic’s side moving forward as the London club move to the Olympic Stadium this summer and look to build on a vastly successful 2015-16.

The Hammers are still in the running for a top-four spot this season but need to win their remaining games to stand a chance.

Spurs meanwhile are expected to sign a new central midfielder this summer but it is unlikely to be the former Anderlecht man if Sullivan’s comments are anything to go by.