Frank McAvennie claimed it is a “big blow” to West Ham to miss out on Shane Duffy after the Brighton defender completed a loan move to Celtic this morning.
The Irons and Hoops legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted he would have been “delighted” if the 28-year-old signed for the Hammers but admitted his preference was for the centre-half to move to Glasgow.
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Duffy, who was also the interest of Newcastle United and West Brom, held talks with David Moyes but his preference was always to join the Hoops.
When asked by Football Insider how the recent transfer news would have gone down at the London Stadium, McAvennie said: “I think it is a big blow.
“I am a big Celtic supporter and I wanted him at Celtic because it is such an important season (as the Hoops pursue an historic 10th consecutive league title).
“I am delighted he went to Celtic but I would have been delighted if he went to West Ham because he is a very good player.”
The Hoops will pay Brighton the majority of Duffy’s wages as well as a loan fee of £2.5million, a significant amount more than the initial £1million they were willing to pay.
The centre-back is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland ahead of their Nations League matches against Bulgaria and Finland.