Fernandes hits back at Sullivan

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Tony Fernandes has hit back at West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold after his bid to buy the club was criticised.

Fernandes, the Malaysian businessman behind AirAsia and the Lotus Formula One team, announced yesterday he had submitted an offer for the club he supports. But Sullivan told the Evening Standard on Thursday night: "Tony Fernandes wanted to buy 51% of the club for two bob."

Fernandes, though, fired back with a series of messages on Twitter. "Make up your mind sullivan and gold. One minute you say no offer then you say its a joke offer. It was a good offer with good money and brought in good people."

Three follow-up messages said: "Gold and sulivan (sic) can say whatever they want. I have been a lifelong fan and would have brought good money , good ideas, new people and a new belief

"As for PR stunts. Wow. They are always in the press making huge claims. Were we not supposed to be in europe. Now we have been relegated. 2 sacked managers. All good players will be sold.

"No new trainning (sic) ground which is the most important ingredient I feel. Look at how many injuries we have. And more investment into the academy."

Earlier, Sullivan said: "He thinks somehow that we are desperate to have him involved or desperate for the small amount of money he offered for 51% of the club.''

Fernandes first expressed an interest in taking over West Ham in 2009 but he lost out on that occasion to Sullivan and his business partner David Gold. Sullivan and Gold do want to attract new investors into a club that is saddled with debts that could rise to over £100million following relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

"We are not looking to sell the club but, as we have always said, we would love co-investors to join us in rebuilding West Ham United, which has been our aim ever since we took charge back in January 2010,'' said Sullivan.

"In the event that a serious investor came forward as was the case at Chelsea and Manchester City, we would naturally consider it for the good of the club - but this is certainly not the case in this instance."

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