After his representatives stated that he was considering a switch to West Ham United, FC Basel captain Marco Streller has committed his future to the club.
The striker’s agent, Marco Balmelli, was quoted in Swiss paper Blick stating that his client would be open to a move to Upton Park, with a two-year deal, plus the option for a further season, reportedly on the table.
However, after carefully considering various offers from abroad, the 33-year-old has decided to remain with his local club, revealing his decision via a statement on the club website.
‘There has been in recent years repeatedly offers from abroad, including in the last days,’ he said.
‘After careful consideration and consultation with my family and those in charge of the FCB but I have decided to continue my career in Basel.
‘I have still big ambitions to continue to be successful with FCB. I have given the fans a promise that I want to finish my career in Basel, I want to keep this promise!’
Streller played his first four campaigns as a professional at Basel before moving to VfB Stuttgart in 2004, only to return to the Swiss side in 2007, going on to score 87 goals in 189 league appearances, as well as the winner in last season’s Champions League tie against Chelsea.
The towering front man also netted 12 times in 37 games for Switzerland until retiring from international football in 2011, appearing at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008, and would have been a good fit in Sam Allardyce’s system.
Allardyce has already bolstered his strike-force this summer with £12 million Ecuadorian Enner Valencia and Argentine playmaker Maruo Zarate but, with Andy Carroll sidelined for a lengthy spell after ankle surgery, the club are still in the market for help up top.
Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and Portuguese free agent Hugo Almeida are two options who’ve been strongly linked to the Hammers in recent weeks, although Mark Hughes has recently issued a hands-off warning on the former.