Ki Sung-yeung has admitted that he is not keen on a move to West Ham and that he is happy to stay at Swansea City.
The Hammers were reported as interested in signing the defensive midfielder by the Daily Mail, with David Moyes keen to have him and his teammate Alfie Mawson at the club.
However, Sung-yeung has now publicly confirmed that a move to West Ham wouldn’t intrigue him despite his Swansea contract expiring in the summer.
“If Swansea want me to stay, I want to stay in the team so I can help stay in the Premier League,” Sung-yeung told the BBC.
“It’s difficult [for me to leave], I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“I don’t need to move because I don’t think West Ham is better than us and also we are fighting relegation with West Ham as well.”
Sung-yeung has only played 16 times across all competitions for Swansea City due to a knee injury and a calf injury limiting his appearances this season.
The 29-year-old has been with the Swans since 2014, making 146 appearances them and scoring 10 goals.
He is a pass master that is renowned for being very intelligent in possession and he also has racked up 88 international caps for South Korea.
Football Insider Verdict:
This is a blow to West Ham not because they were close to signing him, but because it shows the difficulties the club face when trying to get players to join them. Premier League players aren’t keen to join clubs that are facing relegation and it says a lot that Sung-yeung believes Swansea City have the same chances of surviving as West Ham in the Premier League. The Swans only moved off the bottom of the table, and out of the relegation zone, on Tuesday after getting a surprise 3-1 win against Arsenal. Moyes’ side have four more points than Swansea and sit in the top-half of the table, but maybe Sung-yeung believes it’s only matter of time before the Hammers drop down the table.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Magpies have agreed a deal with a top-three side for the loan exit of a top talent.