Manchester City & West Ham make Drenthe enquiries

By Floris Koekenbier

Manchester City and West Ham have made enquiries about out-of-contract winger Royston Drenthe, according to the player’s agent.

The Dutchman’s five-year stay at Real Madrid came to an end this summer upon the expiry of his contract and he is now assessing his options ahead of the new season.

Drenthe enjoyed a productive loan spell at Everton last term, though he was absent from the Toffees’ FA Cup semi-final squad amidst rumours of a bust-up with manager David Moyes.

And the 25-year-old’s agent has admitted his surprise over the subsequent interest of the Premier League champions and newly promoted Hammers.

“We didn’t expect this either, but they asked me about his numbers, how much he would cost salary-wise. There are also clubs from the Serie A and Turkish clubs interested and also Dinamo Kiev,” he told

“We have no complaints about the interest, but the most important thing is that Royston gets back on the pitch again. He prefers playing for a club in the Champions League, so City, Kiev and the Turkish big clubs have his favour at this moment.”

Drenthe joined Real Madrid from Feyenoord in 2007 following several impressive showings for the Netherlands in that summer’s Under-21 European Championships.

He enjoyed a successful start to his career in the Spanish capital, including scoring from 40 yards on his debut against Sevilla, but eventually fell out of favour prior to his loan spells with Hercules and Everton.

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