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New Hammer says: ‘I wanted to stay at my old club!’

Flynn Downes has admitted that he wanted to stay at Swansea before his move to the Hammers!

The midfielder was signed from the Championship club early on in the summer transfer window as David Moyes looked to inject some youth and style into the centre of the pitch.

Downes admits that he was taken aback by just how much he enjoyed his time with Swansea, and has readily admitted that he wanted to stay before learning of interest from elsewhere.

He told the Evening Standard: “It was the total opposite to what I’d expected. What a lovely place. The people were lovely, the club were so good.

“I loved it down there and, I’ll be honest, I wanted to stay. I’d gone from a year at Ipswich where I hated it to literally loving it, so I was all for staying. Then I came back for pre-season and from there I kind of knew I wasn’t going to…”

Crystal Palace made a bid initially and Downes says that he thought he would be moving to Selhurst Park, only to be told later on that the Hammers had gazumped their move.

He added: “I went to sleep thinking I was going to do a medical at Crystal Palace.

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“I woke up the next morning, went into Swansea, walked into the gaffer’s office and he was like: ‘Look, West Ham have been in contact’.”

Downes has yet to make his full debut, instead coming on as a late substitute against Manchester City on the opening day of the season.

And he now claims that he’s living the dream at the London Stadium.

He said: “Don’t get me wrong, it’s my dream to play here but it’s my career and I’ve got to do what’s best for me.

“If I came here and didn’t think it suited then I wouldn’t have come.”

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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 “New Hammer says: ‘I wanted to stay at my old club!’

  1. Let’s hope that his performances on the pitch are so good that we don’t wish that he had stayed at his old club.

  2. This is someone who to me at such young age has the maturity to know his ambition , and
    Given he’s truthful assessment of his situation and conclusion of his thoughts will be a great servant of this magnificent club.
    I personally hope he goes on and for the years he stays at West ham , shows the same dedication and application as did nobles in whatever his tenure is.
    To me he’s going to be class

  3. 2 new boys starting tonight, like haaland started at city …scored 2, like jesus at arsenal…. scored 2, like nunez at liverpool…scored, our new lot only played 15 mins, not scored.
    lets hope tonight we can show others that we got the right guys, personally, i thought 2 up front could have experimented tonight, knowing we need a good win.

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