By Will Butcher
Former West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet has revealed his disappointment after a move to San Lorenzo was blocked by Argentinian Football Federation rules.
The 21-year-old mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the Hammers on deadline day, as he struggled to find a new club that were willing to give him first-team opportunities.
Poyet, who is the son of Real Betis and former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, revealed via his personal Twitter account that he was “gutted” that rules had prevented him from joining the Primera Division giants.
If the Charlton Athletic academy graduate had joined San Lorenzo, he would have teamed up with former Newcastle captain Fabrizio Coloccini who moved to his home country this summer.
The Spanish-born Uruguay under-20 international signed for the Hammers in the summer of 2014 after the East London club agreed a compensation package with their London counterparts.
However, Poyet failed to make an impact with the Premier League side, making just 10 appearances in a claret and blue shirt.
The former Huddersfield and MK Dons loanee made the bold decision to cancel his Hammers contract in an attempt to find a new club, after falling down the pecking order at the London Stadium.
The likes of Havard Nordtveit, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang were all considered above Poyet in the centre-midfield rankings. Poyet is still available to sign for an English club, as he is set to continue his search for a new home.