Mohamed Elneny’s agent Alaa Nazmy has been quoted by Goal as saying that West Ham United were in talks to sign Elneny in the summer window, but the Arsenal midfielder chose to move to Besiktas in Turkey instead.
The 27-year-old managed just 12 starts for Arsenal across all competitions last season, and it convinced the Egypt international to depart. He chose to move to Turkey, where he is enduring a difficult spell at the Vodafone Park.
Elneny was sent off for a straight red card on his debut for Besiktas, and has since missed three SuperLig outings – being forced to watch from the sidelines and instead take part in Besiktas’ Europa League campaign, facing Wolves and Bratislava.
Now, Elneny’s agent Nazmy has claimed that West Ham wanted to sign Elneny in the summer ahead of Besiktas, while Leicester City and Valencia also made contact to sign the Arsenal ace – according to Nazmy.
“Elneny received a lot of offers last summer, led by Leicester City, West Ham United and Valencia, but Besiktas managed to settle the deal with Arsenal,” Nazmy said.
TBR’s view – Blessing in disguise for West Ham
Elneny is not good enough for West Ham’s midfield, let alone Arsenal’s. At The London Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini boasts Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere, among others.
Elneny would be behind those four players in the pecking order, so a move to Besiktas was certainly Elneny’s best move – and the Hammrs have dodged a bullet in failing to land the former FC Basel midfielder.
Elneny has a contract at Arsenal until the summer of 2022, worth £50,000 a week (Spotrac).