New Emmanuel Dennis claim proves David Moyes and our Watford man in the know called it spot on over move for new Forest striker.

Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of longstanding West Ham target Dennis at the weekend.

It came after Moyes allegedly called off a move for the Nigerian attacker after ‘background checks’, clearing the path for Nottingham Forest to seal the deal.

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West Ham have been heavily linked with the ex Watford star Dennis all summer long.

The Nigerian scored 10 goals – including a superb individual goal against West Ham – and laid on six assists in 33 games for relegated Watford last season.

West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh claimed Moyes was genuinely interested in Dennis earlier this summer.

The Athletic even claimed West Ham had ‘intimated that they are prepared to pay £18m plus £2m in add-ons’ for the five-cap Nigeria international.

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According to The Sun, Claret and Hugh and talkSPORT’s Alex Crook in a report carried by Owngoalnigeria, West Ham were keen on the player but Moyes pulled the plug following his notoriously thorough background checks.

Moyes has built his “new West Ham” on the foundation of an excellent team spirit, something Steve Cooper quickly fostered at Forest to get them promoted last season.

The Scot has previously said he has adopted the New Zealand All Blacks’ famous ‘no d-heads’ rule at West Ham (Daily Star).

His decision not to sign the Nigerian came after Hammers News’ man in the know at the Hornets, Anthony Simmonds, sounded a word of warning about signing Dennis and teammate Ismaila Sarr earlier this summer.

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New Emmanuel Dennis claim proves David Moyes and our Watford man in the know called it spot on over move for new Forest striker

“There are question marks over whether there is an ego or attitude problem but you never know at West Ham as he will be with better players,” our Watford man Simmonds told Hammers News.

“There has been talk among fans who spoke to players after the last game of the season at Chelsea and they were saying the atmosphere at the training ground had become toxic with claims that Dennis and Sarr would turn up, not really talk to anyone, do what they need to do and then go home. So they are no Mark Noble!”

Now a new Dennis claim proves Moyes and our Watford man in the know called it spot on over a move for the new Forest striker.

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Because The Daily Mail claims the squad at Vicarage Road were delighted to see the back of Dennis.

“Watford players “openly celebrated” Emmanuel Dennis’ departure to Nottingham Forest, according to reports,” The Daily Mail and The Sun claim.

It is said the dressing room “will be a far more harmonious place” following his departure.

And the report adds several members of the Watford team were not afraid to express their delight once he had left.

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Some West Ham fans were disappointed Moyes did not sign versatile striker Dennis.

But these claims suggest he made the right decision in the best interests of West Ham.

That does not necessarily mean he won’t be a good player for Forest.

The City Ground side, who beat West Ham 1-0 on Sunday, have a whole squad of new players and so it may be that a fresh start with other new faces at Forest will be an environment Dennis thrives in.


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