West Ham United dealt Youssef En-Nesyri transfer blow as £34.5m striker target will not leave Sevilla
According to Sevilla ABC, Youssef En-Nesyri has no interest in leaving Sevilla during the summer transfer window, in a blow to West Ham United’s continued interest.
En-Nesyri has attracted widespread admiration for his efforts in La Liga this season, with several Premier League clubs thought to be assessing moves to sign the Moroccan and three already approaching his agent.
Each side that has contacted Anass Ouzifi was issued a firm rejection, as the 35-cap striker is steadfast in his desires to remain at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium and to help Julen Lopetegui improve Los Nervionenses.
The 23-year-old’s desires to lead the Sevilla attack saw En-Nesyri reject a move to West Ham in January that would have seen the forward earn twice his current wage, and was thanked by the Andalusian outfit for his commitment following a €30million (£25.9m) bid.
It is now unlikely that the Irons will be successful in tempting the attacker to the London Stadium for next season, despite reports by Estadio Deportivo last month that David Moyes’ side intend to revive their interest with a €40m (£34.5m) offer.
Liverpool and Manchester United have also been monitoring En-Nesyri’s situation with a view to a potential summer swoop, as Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sides seek to add complimentary options to their respective attacks.
While it is not suggested who the three Premier League sides are that contacted En-Nesyri’s agent, Ouzifi issuing a firm rebuttal to their approaches will be a blow for West Ham given the expectations of a revived approach.
En-Nesyri has the potential to be a top striker in claret and blue as the Moroccan is a tall, fast and strong centre-forward who is comfortable with the ball at his feet or in the air, which could have seen him blend in well with Moyes’ squad.
The attacker has also been prolific in La Liga this term with 18 goals in 37 appearances, of which he has started 22, while adding a further six goals to his record in the Champions League with a hat-trick of braces including one against Borussia Dortmund.
But Moyes will likely have to look at alternative targets to fill the void created by Sebastien Haller’s move to Ajax in January, as En-Nesyri will be expected to reject his interest again.
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