Both Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United were linked with a long list of players towards the end of the transfer window.
It was partly because both clubs were looking for last minute recruits, and partly because agents were aware of that situation so were trying to build deals.
One player to largely go under the radar was Karl Toko Ekambi, who escaped the final day links with both Brighton and West Ham. Earlier on in the summer window the Angers player had been linked with Leicester City and Watford, but it wasn’t anything especially strong.
Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe references interest from West Ham and Brighton, and even claims the latter made a €10m offer for Ekambi. The French newspaper claims Ekambi turned the offer down, and wasn’t even overly interested in moving to the Premier League.
L’Equipe quote the 24 year old striker as saying: “I didn’t necessarily look at the offer, even if it was a good opportunity. There was a lot of solicitation, it surprised me, it proves that my work is recognised and followed. Afterwards, there was a discussion with Angers on my return from holiday and I had given my word that I was going to give all my strength to continue my momentum.”
Ekambi wasn’t to renege on his word, so Brighton, West Ham, Rennes and Bordeaux all missed out.