Stefano Okaka’s playing time at Watford was restricted for the last two seasons and his brother Carlo, who is also his agent, admitted on August 27th his client had to leave the Hornets.
Besiktas were one of the clubs interested in acquiring the 30-year-old’s services and reports from Turkey suggested they had an ‘agreement in principle’ with Javi Gracia’s side for the striker.
On August 31st, Sabah explained Besiktas had agreed personal terms with the Italian, but he snubbed advances from the Süper Lig side and completed a switch to Udinese on the deadline day of the European transfer window.
Stefano’s representative has now revealed the details of the offer from Besiktas and has further explained as to why the attacker decided against joining the Turkish club.
“Okaka has refused 2.5 million euros a year to Besiktas. The story had been in place for a week, there was an agreement with the club and Stefano,” Carlo told TuttoMercatoWeb.
“That was until the 31st, because there were various interests and options on the table there. He took his time until the last [minute].”
“He said he wanted to go home and he didn’t care about money. The evaluation was made on the basis of how he felt in Udine and he wanted to continue that positive streak. It is not an economic choice, but a choice of heart and technique”.
Stefano has the experience of playing in the Serie A and returning to Udinese, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, seems to be the right choice than making a switch to a new league at this point in his career.