West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed that he is not interested in signing Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson in the summer transfer window despite reports suggesting he is.
Guardian deputy sports news editor Ed Aarons had reported on his personal Twitter account earlier this week that the Hammers were in the hunt to sign Jansson, 27, in the summer as the London club looked to improve their defence.
However speaking in a press conference on Friday, Moyes emphatically confirmed his stance on the reported interest in the Sweden international, ruling out any possible swoop in the near future.
“No. Even if I did I would never say, never talk about players at any other clubs,” said the West Ham manager when asked about Jansson, as quoted by football.london.
Jansson joined Leeds on a permanent deal from Torino last summer after a successful loan which quickly established him as a fan favourite among the Elland Road faithful.
He has made 76 appearances in all competitions for the Whites since signing, scoring six goals.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds fans can be very happy that West Ham are not interested in signing Jansson, however Moyes may just be deflecting from the fact that he actually is and just does not want to talk about it in a public arena. Jansson has had a tough year at Elland Road. He and Kyle Bartley were immense last term but he has not had as good players around him. In the Swede’s first year there was Charlie Taylor, Bartley and Rob Green surrounding him in the rearguard. Swap them with the likes of Felix Wiedwald, Laurens de Bock and Liam Cooper and performances are bound to suffer.