Celta Vigo’s Nemanja Radoja was allegedly desperate to join a Premier League club.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Celta Vigo midfielder Nemanja Radoja wanted a move to the Premier League this summer, but a deal with West Ham United didn’t materialise.
Radoja, 25, made his name in his native Serbia with Vojvodina, before Celta recognised his talent and snapped him up in the summer of 2014, handing him a five-year deal.
The holding midfielder has become a key part of the Celta side, racking up nearly 150 appearances for the club whilst also earning two caps for Serbia on the international stage.
Unsurprisingly, Radoja’s displays in Spain have prompted major interest, and Marca now report that he snubbed interest from clubs in France, Italy and Russia, as well as Real Betis and Leganes in La Liga.
The reason? Well, it’s claimed that Radoja has decided that the only way he is leaving Celta is in order to join a Premier League club, and since that didn’t materialise this summer, he is staying in Galicia for now.
It’s stated that Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United both showed interest in Radoja, but a move failed to come to fruition for the midfielder, and with his sights set on the Premier League, he rejected all offers elsewhere.
Radoja’s deal with Celta expires next summer, and that means that the Premier League clubs may look to land him for free in 2019, or attempt cut-price deals for him when the transfer window re-opens in January.
West Ham do have options in midfield after signing Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere this summer, but with lingering questions over Pedro Obiang’s future, Radoja could come back into the picture in 2019.