Sevilla manager Unai Emery has told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he rejected the chance to take over at West Ham United this summer.
The Hammers allowed Sam Allardyce to leave the club on the final day of the Premier League season, and after an extensive search for a new manager, appointed Croatian Slaven Bilic to lead the club into their final season at Upton Park.
However, West Ham considered plenty of managers before appointing Bilic, with the Daily Mail recently reporting that Spaniard Emery was scheduled for talks with West Ham.
Yet, having won the Europa League final with Sevilla, Emery chose to stay with the La Liga club, penning a new contract until 2017.
Now, Emery has spoken to newspaper El Pais about his decision making this summer, admitting that he rejected a 'major financial offer' from West Ham to become their new manager.
"What coach or player has the ability to play in finals? Few," said Emery. "I start training on the 6th of July, and I have the European Super Cup against Barcelona in a month. And then we will play in the Champions League. Sevilla gives me this opportunity. In addition we created a work culture at all levels. Napoli offered me a project of economic strength but no Champions League. And I had a nice choice of West Ham, a major financial offer," he added.
Money to spend
Emery's revelation offer West Ham's 'major financial offer' suggests that the Hammers have money to spend this summer - and have already been active in the transfer market.
Having landed goalkeeper Darren Randolph, midfielder Pedro Obiang and playmaker Dimitri Payet, West Ham have splashed out so far this summer.
With other players needed too, Bilic could yet have even more money to spend - and whilst Emery decided the task wasn't for him, it's an encouraging time to be a West Ham fan.