Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordán – a summer transfer target for West Ham – reportedly turned down a more lucrative offer in east London to remain in Spain.
Jordan impressed at Eibar during the 2018/2019 campaign – averaging just shy of two key passes a game and registering four assists – and his form reportedly attracted interest from a host of clubs over the summer.
?Arse?nal were linked with a move for the 25-year-old at one stage, though it was ?West Ham who emerged as the biggest admirers of Jordán.
Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo now claim that Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini arranged a face-to-face meeting with the Spaniard in an attempt to complete the deal, but this wasn’t enough to convince Jordán that a Premier League move was in his best interests – despite the club’s financial firepower.
Instead, he opted to stay in Spain and joined Sevilla for a fee of around £12.6m. Jordán has subsequently revealed his motives for rejecting a move to the Premier League, in a recent interview with ABC.
“I would have earned a lot more in the Premier, but I wanted to come to Sevilla because they give me more as a club, a city, a team project… everything,” he claimed.
“Sevilla ticked all the boxes in all aspects and going to the Premier [League] did not. The quality of life that I was going to have here was not going to be there. “I knew I was going to be very happy here, for the moment I am, and I hope I can continue like this.”
The 25-year-old will undoubtedly feel that he has made the right decision, having scored twice in La Liga this season – averaging close to a 90% pass completion rate under Julen Lopetegui and, more importantly, helping Sevilla reach the top of La Liga.