West Ham’s efforts to sign Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri have been revealed by his personal barber.
The Hammers were keen to sign En-Nesyri in January, with David Moyes wanting to add another forward to his squad after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
En-Nesyri was believed to be their primary target, with the striker having exploded this season, currently sitting on 13 goals in 23 league games, just three behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
However, a €30m plus bid was not enough to convince Sevilla, who rejected West Ham’s efforts in the belief they could get a better deal come the summer.
It seems, though, making a formal bid was not the only tactic the Hammers employed to try and get their man, with former teammates (read Pablo Fornals) working to convince him.
“He is very happy here,” Estadio Deportivo reports Kasawi saying to Minuto 91 on 7TV Sevilla.
“We talked about the offer; he had several offers, not only that of this team (West Ham). He was clear that he wanted to stay here.
“There were former teammates who already played with him and live in that team who contacted him to try to convince him and so on, but he was clear that he wanted to play here.”
Attention now turns to the summer transfer window, with En-Nesyri likely to be among the rumours once again if he maintains his form.
West Ham are certainly likely to be keen, and there have already been several reports that they will return for him, but face a tussle for his signature.
Convincing the player that moving to the Premier League would be best for his career will be key, but Kasawi is firmly of the belief that the striker would shine.
“It’s a league that could suit him for his style of football. He’s a big player; he’s a fast player; he’s tall,” he added.
“In a football league with a lot of finishing, a lot of physicality, it could be good for him.
“But I’m telling you, he’s one hundred per cent focused here right now; he wants to give everything with Sevilla FC.
“He’s happy, he’s happy here, and for now, he’s not thinking about anything else but Sevilla.”