Morgan Amalfitano, who was heavily linked with Sunderland, admits other offers prior to Lille switch

The former West Ham player was linked with a Sam Allardyce reunion.

In the summer West Ham United let Morgan Amalfitano leave the club.

The French midfielder had fallen foul of his new manager Slaven Bilic and he was therefore sent packing.

It was then claimed that his former boss at West Ham might make a move for the player.

Sam Allardyce was said to be keen on taking him to Sunderland when he was first appointed as the new manager at Sunderland - according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

They claimed that Sunderland were looking to bring in the Frenchman on a free transfer.

Of course, he went elsewhere.

Amalfitano joined Lille instead and today admitted that he had offers in England but decided to head back to France.

He told RMC, as reported by

"There were others. I did not plan to return to France at the start. It was a unanimous choice. I'm really happy to have come here."

He doesn't mention Sunderland by name but it would seem that it is the Black Cats he is talking about.

The 30-year-old is still waiting for his debut for Lille as he tries to get his career back on track in France.

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