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Striker explains Hammers snub

West Ham summer target Ben Brereton Diaz has explained why he didn’t leave Blackburn in the summer.

David Moyes is a big fan of the Chile international and sent scouts to watch him towards the back-end of last season.

There remained interest throughout the summer and the Irons were willing to table a bid for Brereton Diaz if the encouragement had been there.

The versatile ace can play on the left wing and up front and was prolific last season, scoring 22 goals in 37 games, and also netting four in 10 thus far this term.

Everton and Leeds were also said to be interested in signing Brereton Diaz and the Hammers were keeping a close eye on his situation.

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But he has now revealed that he would have found it very difficult to move away from Ewood Park, even if he had been offered the opportunity to move to a Premier League club.

Speaking to Chilean outlet RedGol, via Football League World, he said: “I’ve been in this team for three or four years, I really love the club. The decision was to stay here and I am happy with it. I’m very excited for this season, we have had a great start, I have scored some goals and we are doing well in the league.

“It has been a very positive season for me. Blackburn has been my home for four years, I have very good friends and family here, it’s a very good atmosphere and I’m very happy to be at Blackburn.”

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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.