The Hammers were widely reported as being ready to pay between £20-£25 million for Dennis but things were never confirmed by the club to us or any other media outlet and since then the manager has claimed that he was interested in Scammaca for some time anyway.

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The allegations of background checks however may be true but this is the case with every player that arrives at any club as manager’s look at the overall scenario on possible signings..

Nottingham Forest are now claimed to be keen on Dennis and have been considering whether to go in with a bid to take him away from Watford.