Agent says West Ham and Palace wanted Munir El Haddadi
The agent of Munir El Haddadi has confirmed that West Ham and Crystal Palace showed an interest in his client.
However, the chief changed his mind in the final few days of the window, allowing for a loan with option to buy.
Monchi also claimed the 26-year-old did not want to leave the Iberian outfit. He had received offers from clubs in La Liga, however, they were not to his liking.
West Ham were in the market for a forward in the final few days of the transfer window. And the Hammers eventually settled on former Everton man Nikola Vlasic.
Meanwhile, the Eagles wanted a striker and signed Odsonne Edouard from Celtic for £14m.
When talking about El Haddadi, the player’s agent said: “Monchi valued him at €10m at the beginning of the market, and in the last few days, he would have considered loaning him out with an option to buy.
“In England, both Crystal Palace and West Ham showed a lot of interest until the last day of the market.”
El Haddadi: Good low-risk option for West Ham but not Palace
The two clubs had varying needs towards the end of the transfer window.
While West Ham probably could have got away with signing El Haddadi, Crystal Palace would not have.
Goals are scarce for the south Londoners at the start of this season. Only Conor Gallagher has scored for the Eagles in their three Premier League games.
As a result, signing El Haddadi, as opposed to proven goal threat Edouard, would have been bad business.
But, for David Moyes’ side, goals have been as free-flowing as water. The Hammers are the joint-top scorers in the Premier League.
El Haddadi would have been a great depth option but, clearly, the club opted for more quality in the form of Vlasic.
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