EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Robert Snodgrass is set to stay at West Ham this summer after they rebuffed interest from a number of clubs led by Aston Villa, Football Insider sources understands.

Scotland international Snodgrass appeared to have no future at the London Stadium after spending last season on loan with Steve Bruce’s side.

The 30-year-old winger impressed during his loan stint at the Midlands club, who were keen to keep hold of the former Leeds man. A well-placed source has told Football Insider they made a fresh approach for him this summer but it was rejected.

Snodgrass has returned to pre-season with West Ham and has caught the eye of new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini is keen to include the attacking midfielder in his first-team plans ahead next week’s Premier League opener against Liverpool and has informed the club to resist offers.

Snodgrass joined West Ham from Hull in January 2017 in a £10million deal, but found himself sent out on loan to Villa after being frozen out of things at the London Stadium under former boss Slaven Bilic.

He had an excellent spell with the Championship club, scoring eight goals and supplying 13 assists from 40 Championship appearances.

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