West Ham United were keen on signing Youssef En-Nesyri in the winter market, but neither Sevilla nor the player were interested in the transfer midway through the season.
The Hammers’ failed approach was confirmed by Monchi, the La Liga side’s sporting director and also by the forward’s barber, who has backed the 23-year-old to move to the Premier League in the next market.
Three days ago, Il Milanista reported the English club could be set for a summer battle with AC Milan for the Morocco international.
According to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla received a formal proposal, worth €33m plus €5m in bonuses from the London club in the last window.
There have been claims elsewhere recently suggesting David Moyes’ side could ‘return to the charge’ in the summer with a ‘great proposal’ for En-Nesyri.
Estadio Deportivo now provide the Europa League winners’ stance on letting the player in the next market.
Sevilla chief José María Cruz has already admitted the club will look to sell some of their players in the next market to raise funds.
The report explains En-Nesyri’s summer sale is not a priority for the Spanish club to balance their books. ‘On the contrary’, both Monchi and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui want him to continue to be the ‘benchmark’ of the club’s attack.
Sevilla ‘draw up a plan’ for En-Nesyri’s future and want to retain him, even if West Ham make another approach in the summer.