When speaking exclusively to Dutch media outlet NOS, Ajax Joel Veltman claimed that West Ham wanted to sign him in the summer, but he was not allowed to leave the Amsterdam Arena.
The 27-year-old right-back was a target for the Hammers in the summer, according to the Daily Mail. A move to east London failed to materialise for the Dutchman, however.
West Ham do have Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta as right-back options, but Veltman would arguably have been an upgrade on both of those players.
And the Ajax ace claimed that the Hammers were interested in acquiring his signature during the summer transfer window, when speaking exclusively to Dutch publication NOS:
“Everyone knows that I would like to play abroad again. West Ham United was interested, but there were more clubs. However, Ajax put a stop to it. I was not allowed to leave.”
Veltman is vastly experienced. He is strong in the air, quick along the ground, and he is a tenacious tackler. The Holland international seems to be ideally suited to the rigorous demands of the Premier League.
His contract expires in the summer of 2021. So Ajax might be tempted to sell him in January or next summer.
And he really would be a fantastic addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Whether West Ham will go back in for him, however, remains to be seen.