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Why Arsenal star turned down a move to West Ham

Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has turned down a move to West Ham United this summer, it has been reported, despite David Moyes being interested in the attacker.

Balogun, who is expected to depart north London permanently this summer, is coming off the back of a fantastic Ligue 1 season in which he scored 22 times, and is coveted by some of the biggest names in Europe, with Inter Milan, AS Monaco and Chelsea among those who have reportedly made contact with the USMNT striker this summer.

Bids, however, have been few and far between, with only Inter Milan and Monaco having made official approaches for the star, both of which have been turned down by the Gunners as they hold out for £50m.

Following the departure of Gianluca Scamacca this summer, it was also reported that West Ham United held an interest in Balogun, who missed the latter part of pre-season and the first game of the Premier League campaign with a foot injury.

However, Balogun has turned them down in favour of holding out for a move away from the Premier League.

As per Get French Football Now, ‘The Hammers were keen to make a move for Arsenal striker Folarin Bolagun. However, the USMNT free-scoring forward reportedly favours a move abroad’

Meanwhile, the Hammers are also closing in on deals for Manchester United defender Harry Maguire and Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse for a combined ££60m, though they could yet lose Lucas Paqueta amid strong interest from Manchester City.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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