You have to feel for David Moyes and West Ham. The manager has revealed he was ever so close to signing Liverpool’s new attacker Luis Diaz.
These things always happen in football but they keep fascinating us everytime we hear the stories. While Diaz was unveiled by Liverpool from FC Porto after a €45 million deal, the Colombian winger had flirted with the Hammers.
“I spoke to Luis Diaz on the phone, we were quite far down the line to sign him from Porto,” Moyes said, as per the Star.
The West Ham gaffer says the London club seemingly encouraged Liverpool to move faster after the Reds initially planned to complete the deal in the summer.
“My understanding was that Liverpool planned to come in in the summer, so we thought we’d try and get him in January. I don’t know if that affected Liverpool’s decision, but he’s a really good player and we didn’t get him,” Moyes added.
“Our ambitions are to sign the best players we can to try to improve West Ham. I want to make us better, I don’t want it to be mediocre if I can help it.
“Sometimes, you just need to be patient, hope we get the right things at the right time, and that’s the way I’ve chosen to make my decisions here rather than bring in people who maybe don’t right fit the bill,” he added.
Meanwhile, West Ham now have to focus on Southampton ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fifth-round battle.