Early Doors

Karren Brady reveals bizarre £100k offer at West Ham

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West Ham's vice chairman Karren Brady believes she has seen it all during her time in football and has revealed one of the more bizarre proposals she once received.

Brady said that she was approached about letting the son of a rich foreigner train with West Ham in her latest column for The Sun.

She reveals that an agent got in touch with her and made a £100,000 offer to allow the kid a chance to train with the Hammers first team.

Fake agents have conned managers and club officials into thinking trials had been arranged for players that did not materialise and vice versa, according to Brady.

She claims that she immediately refused this particular approach but that it was not the first time in her career that such a proposal was made.

Impressionable young players have reportedly been cruelly lured in to making trips to England with a promise from an agent that a Premier League club would seek their services, only for them to be left stranded.

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As was revealed in the Daily Mail last week, young players from Spain, Africa and Australia have been duped by individuals posing as official football agents, scouts and club employees.

Offering trials, training sessions and contracts at big clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, kids are left helpless as a result of broken promises, according to the paper.

Brady's revelations are shocking but at the same time very believable given the riches on offer for potential footballers and the attraction for rich businessmen of playing some part in the Premier League.

West Ham are unlikely to be the only club to receive such approaches and Brady no doubt acted as other top chairmen and executives would have in the same situation.

As for the Hammers, Sam Allardyce's men have climbed to 10th in the Premier League table after having found themselves immersed in a relegation scrap.

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