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West Ham attacker responds to persistent Barcelona speculation

By Matt Farr

West Ham attacker Robert Snodgrass has denied claims that he turned down a move to Barcelona.

The 29-year-old was rumoured to have rejected a trial at the Nou Camp as a teenager, but admitted to the Sun that there was never any contact.

Snodgrass rose through the youth ranks in Scotland with Livingston, where he was believed to have caught the eye of Barcelona.

However, the Scotland international has finally put the rumours to bed and insisted that it is nothing more than fake news, admitting that any player would be crazy to turn down the Spanish giants.

He told the Sun: “You’d have to be insane to reject a trial at Barcelona. No-one would turn down a chance like that but I don’t think about what might have been because it never happened.

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“Everyone is intrigued by this story. I was 17-years-old and playing for Livingston when it was reported that I’d refused to go to the Nou Camp for a trial.

“I’ve been told that various clubs and agents were involved but I honestly don’t know anything about it.”

Snodgrass quit Livingston in July 2008 to sign for League One outfit Leeds, where he scored 41 goals from 193 appearances, helping them earn promotion – and then retain their status in – the Championship.

The Elland Road fan-favourite then moved to Norwich in 2012, before joining Hull two years’ later.

But after continuing to impress in the Premier League with the Tigers, Snodgrass sealed a move to West Ham last month.

He joined the club for a reported £10.2million fee, after a widely protracted transfer saga. He has since made three appearances for his new club but is still looking for his first goal or assist.

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