Real Betis striker Loren Moron has now confirmed that he rejected a firm offer from West Ham United during the last summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old is said to have raised his release clause at the Spanish club from 25million Euros to around the 40million Euro mark after penning a new contract with them over the summer in recognition of his more recent development at the side.
He made his first-team debut last February and he now has 17 La Liga starts under his belt, with a return of nine goals apparently, but looking back the speculation linking him with us over the summer it seemed to be under his original contract fee – so circa £22million for release.
Speaking to Estadio Deportivo via Football Espana he confirmed that several clubs had made contact with him and Betis but West Ham were the side that gave a ‘firm proposal’.
“I did not want to throw away the opportunity I have here at Betis after moving through the youth system and playing for the reserve side. I let my agents know, I told my parents and friends and told them that my intention was to stay and continue here. Now I am finally reaping what I sowed a long time ago and I am enjoying my time here a lot.”
Simply put our interest in him just came too early as he wants to establish himself first having come through their ranks and game time given the added complications of a new club, country and division would’ve put that in doubt if he didn’t arrive at hit the ground running.
I can’t fault his logic behind the decision if that was the reason, in fact, in the modern game it’s probably quite refreshing as a number of players just seem to chase the money and are happy to then sit on the bench.