Moyes turns down chance to sign World Cup star

Last Updated on January 16, 2023 by

Hammers manager David Moyes has shockingly revealed that a year ago he had the chance to sign Argentine World Cup star Julian Alvarez.

The Manchester City striker, who helped lift the World Cup last month, signed for City a year ago from River Plate but was immediately loaned back to his hometown club before joining the Citizens at the start of this season.

However, Moyes admitted he had turned down the chance to sign Alvarez as he was not entirely sure the player would fit at West Ham and was happy to become Michail Antonio as the club’s sole striker.

Moyes spoke on the popular Diary of a CEO podcast, where he revealed that while he liked what he saw in Alvarez, he chose not to try to sign him.

“I think those are the ones I missed, the ones where you say ‘No, I don’t think he’s good enough.’ I had hundreds of them,” Moyes told the podcast presenter.

“Recently, because we were talking about Alvarez, who had just played for Argentina in the World Cup, I bought a new scout who says, ‘Look, you should go to Alvarez at River Plate.’

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“I was watching him and I thought he was a very good technician and he did so many good things as a centre-forward, but I thought [he] might not be the one we want, we had Micky Antonio who was doing very well and I thought, I don’t know.