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Exclusive: Hammers rejected £45m star

Exclusive by Dave Langton

West Ham opted against signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City two summers ago.

The Brazilian is closing in on a £45m move to Arsenal from the Premier League champions.

However, we have now been told by a source at the club that he could have moved to the Hammers in the summer ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Jesus was offered to the Irons by a representative but Moyes opted against making a bid for the player due to a fear of the rising cost of the deal.

It would have cost the Irons around £50m in total to buy Jesus and pay his wages, but the club decided against it.

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Jesus, by comparison, was offered more first-team football by boss Pep Guardiola and went on to score 14 goals in all competitions.

The Hammers signed Said Benrahma, Tomas Soucek, Craig Dawson and Vlad Coufal that summer.

The Brazilian will now be moving to Arsenal instead, with that deal simply awaiting an official confirmation, but he could well have been turning out in claret and blue had things gone differently.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Exclusive: Hammers rejected £45m star

  1. Probably, not as simplistic as it sounds though, as I wonder who else Gabriel Jesus was offered to?
    The four players that we signed, more than justify that decision made.

  2. Interesting story, he would have proved useful last season but the way Moyes plays can see why he rejected him, assuming story is true.

  3. Good job Moyes bought in the players he did instead of splashing the cash and chasing the golden ticket pellegrini style. Thanks to the players he bought in instead like Soucek coufal and Dawson, good honest hard working players we were able to pull away from being a relegation threatened team to being one that competes for European places.

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