Dean Smith has remained calm about the way West Ham have publicly courted Brentford striker Scott Hogan.

The Hammers have been public in the way they have gone about their business and have had bids for Jermain Defoe and Robert Snodgrass rejected by Sunderland and Hull respectively as well as having three offers knocked back by the Bees.

And the east Londoners who have endured a torrid season on and off the pitch at the London Stadium, have come in for criticism for the way they do their business in public.

"We seem to hear about every single target that West Ham are interested in, why is that, why do they do their business in public... or fail to do their business in public?" Jeff Stelling asked Liverpool legend Phil Thompson on Soccer Saturday.

Phil Thompson of Liverpool with the European Cup 1981 after victory over Real Madrid in Paris
Phil Thompson of Liverpool with the European Cup 1981 after victory over Real Madrid in Paris

"The owners very much seem to get involved in them (and) they want praise when they get one right," Thompson replied.

Smith, as diplomatic as ever, played down any frustration as the Bees stand firm on their £15million valuation.

“I think there's speculation that's going to go around all the time. West Ham deal with their own affairs. There's no right or wrong. It's the way you doings,” Smith said.

“I think he (Slaven Bilic) was asked a question and he gave his opinion. That's no harm to me or the football club. People do business in different ways.”

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