Italian transfer guru Beppe Canella claims Adem Ljajic snubbed a move to West Ham this summer.
Italian transfer intermediary Beppe Canella has told Tutto Mercato Web that whilst he helped facilitate Angelo Ogbonna's move to West Ham, Adem Ljajic rejected the same move.
The Hammers had an active summer transfer window, with big money spent on the likes of Dimitri Payet, Pedro Obiang and the aforementioned Ogbonna.
Ogbonna - much like ex-Sampdoria star Obiang - left Italian football for Upton Park, choosing to leave Juventus for Slaven Bilic's men, and it now seems that West Ham attempted to complete more business in Italy.
Beppe Canella, who claims to work as a middle man between football clubs and players to help facilitate transfer deals, has told Tutto Mercato Web that Adem Ljajic rejected a move to West Ham, preferring to join Inter Milan instead.
"I found myself more in the role of sporting director," said Cannella, describing his current role having previously been a sporting director in Italy. "I have important relationships with clubs in Italy but also abroad, and then I help players who want transfers. I am very fascinated by the Bundesliga and the Premier League. I started last June and because of my knowledge, I brought Ogbonna to West Ham. We had also agreed to send Ljajic to West Ham, but he chose Inter," he added.
Serbian playmaker Ljajic is best known for having previously agreed to join Manchester United back in 2008, but that deal fell apart, leading him to Italy with Fiorentina, Roma and now Inter Milan.
A move to the Premier League - seven years after his initial agreement - would have been great for Ljajic, especially considering how his move to Inter is panning out.
With just 59 minutes of action under Inter boss Roberto Mancini, his move to the San Siro is not going to plan - and signing for West Ham may have actually been a better option for him.