Sevilla’s playmaking midfielder Franco Vazquez has revealed to Estadio Deportivo why he rejected the chance of joining West Ham United in January.
The £12.6million-rated Argentina international, as per TransferMarkt, had been linked with a move to the London Stadium throughout the winter market by TuttoMercatoWEB and Marca, as Manuel Pellegrini looked to provide Manuel Lanzini with competition for his place once the 5 foot 4 Argentina international returns to full fitness this month.
A move could have gone through, as well, if Sevilla liked the fee on offer for someone who has had a hand in 10 goals in all competitions this season, but the player himself rejected the chance of moving.
In the end, the Hammers were only able to add Samir Nasri to their first-team squad and Portuguese forward Mesaque Dju to the U23 ranks in January, while six players departed on loan.
Speaking to Estadio Deportivo, Vazquez confirmed the Hammers interest but noted: “I knew of the interest of other clubs like West Ham, but since the coach was counting on me, I decided to stay.
“I try to give our best and take everything he asks me, the coach. I’m happy with my performance and I hope to give even more.”