West Ham’s quest to sign Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla this month looked difficult even before he scored a hat-trick against Cadiz at the weekend.
Following the match, the striker made it as clear as possible that he sees his immediate future at Sevilla and doesn’t want to leave the Spanish club this month. That was followed by his manager Julen Lopetegui making his stance clear as well, insisting that the three goals weren’t a showcase for admirers and that Sevilla is the best place for En-Nesyri to continue his development.
Even at the weekend there were claims of West Ham continuing their quest to sign the player, despite the odds being stacked against them. Should the Hammers still be in that mindset then it’s probably best they change it quickly, because even the player’s agent isn’t keen on the move.
Speaking to ABC Sevilla, Anass Ouzifi addressed West Ham’s efforts directly and said: “A few days ago a Premier club called me again, an important team. They asked me what was Youssef’s situation. I told them directly that it didn’t matter, that Youssef didn’t want to leave Sevilla, that he wouldn’t.
“They insisted and told me if they could offer something. I explained the situation well to them. Youssef is very happy in Seville, very grateful to the club and his teammates; feels the affection of the fans. He’s happy. He is 23 years old. Why would you want to leave? Not everything is money in life.”
The agent went on to confirm that West Ham had offered to double the player’s salary, something which had already been reported in Spain, however, even that wasn’t enough to make the player change his view.