‘I don’t want him pinching any of my players!’: Peterborough chief Barry Fry IGNORES deadline-day call from West Ham owner David Sullivan while live on Sky Sports (and reveals his Match of the Day ringtone!)
- Barry Fry received a call from West Ham chief David Sullivan while on Sky Sports
- The Peterborough chief ignored it, fearing he was trying to sign his players
- Fry said he would ring Sullivan back after the domestic transfer deadline closed
Pulling off a deadline day move can be tricky, but doing a late deal with Peterborough seems nigh-on impossible – after chief Barry Fry ignored a call from West Ham owner David Sullivan.
The League One club’s director of football was speaking live on Sky Sports on Friday with the English transfer window set to slam shut, before he was interrupted by an incoming phone call – with his Match of the Day ringtone playing.
The Sky presenter says to Fry: ‘You’ve got someone calling you now, it might be an important deal coming in.’
Peterborough chief Barry Fry was interrupted by a phone call while speaking to Sky Sports
Fry realised it was West Ham owner David Sullivan phoning and hilariously declined his call
The 75-year-old then declines the call and replies: ‘Well, it’s David Sullivan, actually. So I’ll ring him back after deadline day because I don’t want to sell any of my players, if that’s what he’s after.’
Fry has been associated with Peterborough for 24 years, joining the club in 1996 in the unusual role of chairman-manager, overseeing the team for nine years before becoming director of football in 2005, with Darragh MacAnthony taking over as chairman.
While West Ham might not be signing any Peterborough players on deadline day, they are still hopeful of completing a deal for Brentford star Said Benrahma.
He feared Sullivan was trying to sign one of his players and said he would call him back after the deadline had closed
Said Benrahma could still become a West Ham player despite fears he had failed his medical
There were fears the £25million move was on the rocks after initial reports the Algerian had failed a medical with the Londoners, but manager David Moyes refuted those claims and said there was still a chance for the transfer to go ahead before Friday’s 5pm deadline.
‘He has not failed his medical and we are still hopeful something will happen later today if possible but I can’t guarantee that,’ he said at a press conference.
‘Part of it [his medical] is still ongoing. It’s one of those things. We don’t want to talk about people’s medicals. That has to be private. It has to be for anybody. We have still got hope that it can get done today.’