Alleged David Moyes target Sander Berge has said he is ‘delighted’ he didn’t move to West Ham on deadline day after post-window claims.

West Ham tried to sign giant midfielder Berge from Sheffield United as deadline day approached its conclusion.

That’s according to a report from Norwegian outlet TV2 who claim the Hammers were eyeing up a move for Berge before the January window slammed shut.

Danny Ings was West Ham’s only signing of the window while six of the club’s seven direct relegation rivals spent £350m on 30 new players.

But it seems Moyes did want to make another signing if the report from TV2 is accurate.

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West Ham were heavily linked with a move to sign Berge when Moyes first returned to the club back in January 2020. But he signed Tomas Soucek instead while Berge made a £22 million move to Sheffield United (BBC).

It seems Moyes still likes the player, though, and was considering trying his luck with a move for the 24-year-old on Tuesday.

But Moyes target Berge say he is ‘delighted’ he didn’t move to West Ham on deadline day after those claims.

That’s according to Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom who confirmed the interest from West Ham – with the likes of Fulham also said to have made a late window move (Yorkshire Live).

Heckingbottom says the late interest from the likes of West Ham meant he was forced to withdraw Berge from his side for the FA Cup draw with Wrexham.

But after a U-turn from the club over releasing Berge, Heckingbottom insists his star is ‘delighted’ a move did not go through.

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David Moyes target Sander Berge say he is ‘delighted’ he didn’t move to West Ham on deadline day after claims

“There was interest and bids and I know he (Berge) could have been sold, but wasn’t,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live.

“I said all along at Wrexham that Sander wasn’t there because there was speculation (but) I was still hopeful he wouldn’t go. I didn’t want him to go and Sander is comfortable. Sander is delighted he is still here. I am pleased and grateful we have kept the players.”

It is difficult to see where Berge would have got a game with the likes of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Lucas Paqueta ahead of him.

But many would argue the Norwegian would have been pushing Soucek for a starting spot even if the Czech looked much more like his old self in the win over League One Derby.

West Ham fans would have enjoyed taking one of Sheffield United’s key men away as they go for promotion back to the Premier League given the rivalry between the clubs born out of the Carlos Tevez saga.


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