Ibrahim Amadou’s agent has spoken out about his client’s failed move to West Ham United on transfer deadline day, stating that the chapter on a potential deal with the Hammers is now closed.
It was widely reported that the Irons and Crystal Palace were vying for the Lille defender’s signature on the final day of the January transfer window, with the centre-half even travelling to London in an attempt to secure a transfer.
West Ham were desperate for defensive reinforcements, with David Moyes having to make do without the likes of Winston Reid and Jose Fonte of late.
In the end, Amadou did not sign on the dotted line and remained with Lille, while the Hammers failed to land a new centre-half to bolster the club’s options at the back.
Sylvain Chavanon has stated that his player has put the incident behind him and stated that talk of a move to West Ham is now firmly behind the player.
“The transfer didn’t happen, Ibrahim came back and the chapter is closed,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
“The British media, despite having no contact with Ibrahim, portrayed a player ‘devastated’ by this aborted transfer. Various rumours were then picked up in France (without bothering to verify them), causing anger among Lille fans towards Ibrahim.
“The player hasn’t shown an interest in addressing what happened and preferred to express himself on the pitch, where it matters. Those who ever doubted his commitment and attachment to Lille can always watch his game against Paris Saint-Germain again.
“Ibrahim’s priority remains to help Lille stay up as quickly as possible. The rest is anecdotal.”
West Ham have been forced to play youngster Declan Rice at the back of late due to a lack of options, but the rising star has done well in the absence of more-experienced options.
Moyes is still without a host of defenders for this weekend’s Premier League clash with Watford.