Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson has said that he “laughed” at the speculation over his future in January, which included reports of a bid from West Ham.
The Hammers were heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old last summer when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge, but opted instead to sign Pablo Fornals from Villarreal.
The sum of money offered was not revealed, although Marseille’s €35million valuation of Sanson meant the Hammers failed in their pursuit of the France international.
He said: “I lived this winter market very serenely. I laughed at everything that was being said about me.
“I saw a lot of nonsense being written. Admittedly, there were offers, but I never thought of leaving.
“We are in a good place, with a team that is playing well. I’m playing well too. There was no reason to leave at that point in the season.”
West Ham ended up making three signings in the January transfer window, the most exciting of which was Jarrod Bowen‘s arrival from Hull City.
Bowen’s form had made him one of the best players in the Championship and the 23-year-old made the move to East London on deadline day.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Darren Randolph rejoined the Hammers from Middlesbrough while Thomas Soucek joined on loan from Slavia Prague until the end of the season.
West Ham were due to play on Sunday against Manchester City but the clash at the Etihad Stadium was called off due to safety concerns following the arrival of Storm Ciara in the UK.