The transfer offer Javier Hernandez was tempted by in January

The result ended a rather bad week for the Hammers during which they also had to sack their head of recruitment Tony Henry after he claimed that the club should not sign African players.

"The West Ham United family is an inclusive family in which, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everyone feels welcome and included", a statement read.

So David Moyes, whose own appointment as West Ham manager until the end of the season itself provoked a supporter backlash, needed to tread carefully when calling for unity after this latest calamity.

"We thought we could have played better in first half, To be fair the goal that Hernandez scores is good on their behalf, but obviously we were disappointed to concede and go in level at half time".

The Hammers' defeat to Brighton leaves them just three points off the drop zone in 12th, though they are only four points off of ninth-placed Bournemouth.

He admitted sending emails to an agent and other club officials saying West Ham would not be interested in signing any more African players because some of them have a "bad attitude".

When asked by the Mail why that was the case, Henry reportedly highlighted "problems" with their former striker Diafra Sakho, who left West Ham to join French club Rennes on Monday.

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"I mean, look, there are top African players".

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said, "You'll need them [ goals] - Glenn's goal was a typical striker run, but you need them special goals that players can create".

Henry reportedly denied he was being discriminatory and highlighted Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate as "a great player for us".

Aaron Cresswell has urged everyone at West Ham United to "stick together" after a turbulent week which has left the club reeling on and off the pitch.

The Football Association (FA) confirmed it is investigating the reports surrounding Henry on Thursday.

"Of course we have an open transfer policy".

  • Regina Holmes