Agent explains Angelo Ogbonna's desire to sign for West Ham despite rival interest

Angelo Ogbonna's agent claims there were three clubs interested in him this summer.

Italian football agent Giovanni Branchini has told Calcio Mercato that three English clubs were hoping to sign Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus this summer - but the player preferred West Ham.

Ogbonna, 27, had become a bit-part figure at Juve, and never really lived up to the promise he showed with their Turin rivals Torino - even though he did play a part in two successive title wins.

With both Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri preferring to use the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci at centre back, it was clear that Ogbonna had to leave Juve in order to play regular first team football again.

The Italian international chose a move to West Ham, with Slaven Bilic's men splashing the cash in an ambitious summer down at Upton Park. Whilst Dimitri Payet has stole the headlines, Ogbonna represented a major coup for West Ham, though a hamstring injury has prevented him from having a major impact so far this season.

Now, his agent Giovanni Branchini has revealed details about the transfer, telling Calcio Mercato that three Premier League clubs wanted to sign Ogbonna- but the player wanted the move to Upton Park over anybody else.

"Ogbonna has always been the target of English clubs, since he was at Torino," said Branchini. "This year I talked to three clubs, who were ready to pay the asking price. Angelo preferred to sign for West Ham, but could have chosen other clubs," he added.

It was suggested by the Liverpool Echo this summer that Everton and Southampton both wanted Ogbonna too, which would certainly match up with Branchini's claims about the interest in his client's signature - making West Ham's deal all the more impressive.

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