Reported longstanding West Ham United target Layvin Kurzawa has admitted he was preparing to leave PSG only to be handed a surprise new deal.
The French World Cup winner was heavily linked with a move to West Ham over the summer.
West Ham fans welcomed the idea of signing a quality left-back. Particularly during the summer when there were very justifiable concerns over Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku.
In the end it was reportedly a straight shootout between West Ham and Arsenal for the 28-year-old (The Daily Star).
But Kurzawa ended up remaining at PSG, signing a new four-year deal no less.
‘Everyone was happy’
“In football, like in life, things move fast… It happened when Leonardo contacted my agent, I had a discussions with Leonardo, one on one, and he said to me that he wanted to give me a 4-year extension.
“Things happened quickly, I thought about it quickly and decided to extend.
“I am happy to stay at PSG and in Paris with my family. We have been here for five years, we feel good. Everyone was happy.”
Well David Moyes and West Ham probably weren’t.
Transformers, left-backs in disguise
But West Ham’s issues at left-back have, for now at least, been resolved by Moyes’s new wingback formation.
Masuaku lacks the defensive nous and discipline to be an out-and-out left-back.
And Creswell has that, but lacks the pace and energy Masuaku possesses.
Combining them together seems a perfect marriage of their attributes vs their weaknesses.
They are West Ham’s answer to a Transformer. Long may it continue.