Didier Drogba explains reason why he snubbed West Ham after holding transfer talks

Didier Drogba has revealed that he snubbed West Ham as a youngster.

Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday that he had the chance to join West Ham earlier in his career.

Drogba, 37, enjoyed a superb first season in Major League Soccer, smashing 12 goals in 12 games for Montreal Impact after his departure from Chelsea.

The Ivorian is winding down his career over in Canada, having enjoyed a remarkable spell in England with Chelsea, joining the club for two separate stints.

With 164 goals in 381 games for the Blues following a move from Marseille in 2004, Drogba became a Stamford Bridge hero, and he received the perfect send off at the end of last season.

Drogba will always be tied to Chelsea, but now it has emerged that he could have joined another Premier League club, and one of Chelsea's London rivals; West Ham United.

Speaking to Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday, Drogba revealed that, whilst he was playing for Guingamp in France, he had the chance to sign for the Hammers.

Drogba claims that West Ham came to his house for talks over a transfer to Upton Park, but he rejected the move as he wasn't ready to leave France for a move to England - even though he did finally become a Premier League player just two years later.

"I was at Guingamp at that time," he said. "I'd just arrived at the club and they came to my house and spoke, but it didn't happen. I wasn't ready to go."

It's interesting to think about how Drogba's career may have been different had he joined West Ham, but given how impressive he was in the Premier League, it's fair to suggest that he would have been just as successful in claret and blue as he was at Stamford Bridge.

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