Monaco star Aleksandr Golovin has rubbished rumours that West Ham made an offer to sign him in the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old was speaking to Sport Express about his desire to move to the Premier League from Ligue 1 at some point in his career, when he made the admission about the Hammers’ supposed bid for his services.
RB Sport claimed back in January that West Ham manager David Moyes wanted to bring the Russia international to the London Stadium.
Moyes was in need of a number 10 at the time after failing to sign Jesse Lingard. So a move for Golovin would have made perfect sense.
It seems as though there was never an official official submitted for the 45-capped Russia international by the Hammers though…
Aleksandr Golovin opens up on reported West Ham bid
The Monaco attacking midfielder has been speaking about potentially moving to the Premier League at some point in the future.
And he responded when asked by Sport Express whether he had received an offer from West Ham back in the January transfer window:
“Getting into the Premier League, of course, would be cool. This is a very strong championship. But I think that there is a big difference between the top five and teams below tenth or twelfth place. As for West Ham, you can’t say that I didn’t want to (go). There was no specific offer. It didn’t get to the point where I was asked if I was ready to go or not.”
In truth, we’re happy that David Moyes didn’t bring Golovin to the London Stadium in the end.
It undoubtedly would have prevented us from signing Lucas Paqueta in the summer.
And in truth, Golovin’s numbers are hardly impressive considering the fact that he operates just behind the striker.
The Russian has bagged only 17 goals and 27 assists in 140 games for Monaco. And his career record is equally poor, with only 35 goals and 43 assists to his name in 299 games (Transfermarkt).
It could be argued that Aleksandr Golovin would have struggled with the intense nature and frenetic pace of Premier League football as well, had he joined West Ham.
We think that this one can be chalked up as a lucky escape for West Ham United.