Boulaye Dia has finally broken his silence after West Ham United courted his services throughout the January transfer window, when speaking to Le Progres.

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The Hammers were heavily linked with a move for the Stade Reims hitman as soon as Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax.

In fact, West Ham’s interest in Dia was first reported in December by 90 Min. Those claims were then backed up by ExWHUemployee a few days later.

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The Evening Standard then claimed that the Hammers had actually opened talks to sign the striker.

The 24-year-old striker was available for around £13.4 million according to EN24 News.

Unfortunately, West Ham failed to bring the Senegal international to the London Stadium, however.

Boulaye Dia breaks silence amidst West Ham links

The Hammers either failed to meet his asking price or purely chose not to pursue his signature. We will never really know.

The Stade Reims ace has now broken his silence, admitting that he is attracted by a move to the Premier League, when speaking to Le Progres:

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“It’s not that hard, I just carry on as if nothing has changed. I’m not the one who deals with all that, it’s my agent and my family. But if you take stock and yes, you see it’s gone quickly. These days, they say I’m worth €15m when I was playing in National 2 two years ago. In football, the stock of a striker who scores goes up quickly and high. I’m used to it from hearing about it, thankfully, or I’d be distracted. I don’t want to leave too quickly. Where I’ll go, I want to play. I don’t want to leave for the sake of it. I have to find a project where I’ll get better. You can’t rush. I’m not going to jump ship like that. The Premier League attracts me, of course, but it’s the same with everyone. It’s a league I’d like to discover, one of the best in the world. There’s a lot of big clubs, rivalry between them. If I have the chance to play there, it’ll be a reward for me.”

Dia has been on fire in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals in 20 games for Stade Reims to his name (Transfermarkt).

If he continues that kind of form, it would be no surprise if West Ham boss David Moyes tries to bring him to the London Stadium in the summer.

It is just a real shame that we couldn’t make it happen this month, considering our desperate need for a centre-forward.

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