Thomas Foket has refuted the suggestion that he could have joined West Ham United from Stade de Reims on transfer deadline day in the summer.
However, he did leave the door open to a potential move to the Premier League at some point in the future.
Hammers boss David Moyes nearly signed the 27-year-old on deadline day according to Belgian football journalist Sacha Tavolieri.
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It was claimed that West Ham offered €3.5 million (£3 million) for the 10-capped Belgium international, but Reims were holding out for closer to €6 million (£5.2 million).
Vladimir Coufal has been nowhere near his best this season whilst Ben Johnson has been struggling with injuries.
Meanwhile, Harrison Ashby was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United on transfer deadline day.
So it is no surprise that Moyes might have been looking for a new right-back. It seems as though a move to sign Foket was never really on the cards though…
Thomas Foket opens up on West Ham interest
The 27-year-old Reims ace has been speaking to Voetbal Krant about his future with the Ligue 1 outfit.
And Foket suggested that a move to West Ham on transfer deadline day in the summer was never really an option for him:
“There was interest and there were certainly options. But it was never really a possibility. Reims made it clear that they didn’t want to let me go. I didn’t ask the question either. It’s a very important season in France because four teams will be relegated. It’s going to be very exciting. Reims have given me so much and it’s only natural that I help them now too. It was never an option to leave, unless for a crazy offer.”
He refused to rule out a move to the Premier League in the future though:
“I can’t wait to discover another competition. I’m also in a situation where my contract expires next year. So I’ll see what happens.”
We believe that there’s a good chance that West Ham could make a move to sign Thomas Foket on a free transfer next summer.
Signing the Belgian next year seems like a no-brainer with Coufal’s form on the decline and more quality competition needed for Ben Johnson.
Much will depend on what happens with Harrison Ashby but either way, we would not be surprised one little bit if Foket arrives at the London Stadium on a free next summer.
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