In the final week of the transfer window, reports claimed that West Ham United moved to sign Yuri Alberto from Corinthians.

It was said the Hammers put €18m on the table, giving away a percentage of a future sale. Since the striker isn’t in great form, many people believed that was a good bid.

Corinthians turned the offer down, tough. And as Meu Timão today features a story with club official Ricardo Bonomo, that story is better explained.

The club board had a meeting on Monday evening, and the official reveals many things said by their president Duilio Monteiro Alves. One of the topics was West Ham’s offer for Yuri Alberto.

“On Yuri Alberto he commented that there were offers to go to West Ham for 18 million, if I’m not mistaken. He preferred not to do it now. Even though Yuri is going through a bad patch and has been criticised a lot, he’s a player who will be able to recoup a lot of money.”

Yuri Alberto has ten goals and seven assists in 47 appearances this season, and those aren’t impressive numbers. Still, the striker showed great potential last year, and that’s what Corinthians rely on to get a bigger fee for him in the future.

West Ham ended up not making a big investment in a centre-forward, so we’ll see whether they’ll keep up with their chase for the Brazilian.