Sergio Conceicao blocked Zaidu Sanusi from joining West Ham on transfer deadline day according to the Porto player’s agent.
O Jogo (print edition, September 1st) claimed that Hammers boss David Moyes tried to bring the Porto ace to the London Stadium on deadline day in order to provide more competition for Aaron Cresswell.
Just last week, it was reported that West Ham failed to meet Porto’s asking price for the 24-year-old (Record (print edition September 6th, page 9).
It seems as though that may not have been the case, however.
Zaidu Sanusi blocked from joining West Ham according to agent
The 24-year-old, who has a €50 million (£42 million) release clause according to Record, was a wanted man on transfer deadline day.
His agent suggested that Porto manager Conceicao changed his mind about his client late on, as quoted by Own Goal Nigeria:
“We got the message the coach (Conceicao) wanted him to stay. It was unexpected as we thought he had one foot out of the club. He made it clear Zaidu is part of his plans and Wendell, the new left-back, isn’t coming in to take his spot. He explained how he believes the competition for a starting berth will improve Zaidu in the long run. Conceicao was also clear he sees Ivan Marcano as a centre-back, even though he played him more as a left-back recently. It’s a fresh start for Zaidu and he has to pick up pace again to make the spot his, like it has always been. He’s up for the challenge and hopefully he will triumph.”
Despite Sanusi’s huge release clause, it is believed that he was available for around £17 million in the summer (Record).
The Nigeria international would have been a very good addition for West Ham United. He certainly would have kept Cresswell on his toes.
It seems as though he has unfinished business at Porto though.
Sanusi at his very best:
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Perhaps if he doesn’t get enough action between now and January, however, West Ham could go back in for him.