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Hammers not giving up on Pione Sisto

Filed: Wednesday, 21st October 2015
By: Tony Austin

Towards the end of the summer transfer window, it was widely reported the Hammers had bid £5million for FC Midtjylland winger Pione Sisto.

It came as a disappointment to some of us to learn that the Danish club had accepted the offer, only for the player to refuse the move on the basis that it would be better for his career if he stayed put.

This came as a surprise to many football betting agents, many of whom were so convinced Sisto was moving to the Boleyn that they stopped accepting bets on the move.

West Ham even offered a contract worth £1.2million per season to the youngster, but instead Sisto decided against moving to the Premier League at this stage of his career, which would suggest that rather than being opposed to a move to the Hammers he simply doesn't feel he is ready for the big time just yet.

According to some reports in the media, the powers that be at Upton Park are refusing to give up their interest in the talented 20-year-old, and continue to monitor his progress. However, they now have company.

According to Danish news outlet Tisbladet, Sisto is now the focus of attention from scouts for a number of clubs, all of whom came to watch FC Midtjylland play Club Brugge in a Europa League match on October 1. The EPL clubs showing interest are Everton and Manchester City, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain also sent their talent spotter to watch Sisto.

Reports say that the young winger impressed Hammers scouts the previous week as he helped knock Southampton out of a Europa League qualifier. Sistoís goal in the 51st minute goal did not disappoint, as it helped his side inflict a 3-1 defeat upon Belgian side Club Brugge.

Thumbs up - but not to West Ham ... yet

The young Dane is now a Denmark international at senior level, having received his first cap earlier this year. Yet it remains to be seen whether West Ham or any other clubs showing interest will make a bid for him in the New Year.

This seems unlikely as Sisto remains determined to stay with Midtjylland and clock up regular first team football, believing, quite rightly, that at such a young age he has ample time to move abroad.

Whatís behind Sistoís desire to stay at FC Midtjylland?

Despite being relatively unknown in England, FC Midtjylland is slowly building a name for its ability to find and develop promising young talent. In July 2004, it became the first Danish club to start its own football academy, which works in a similar way to that of French club FC Nantes Atlantique.

The academy attracts players from across Denmark, as well as players from a feeder club in Nigeria called F.C. Ebedei. In fact, FC Midtjylland has a network of over 100 feeder clubs located in western Jutland.

Winston Reid, the Hammers defender and New Zealand international, is an academy product of FC Midtjylland. The Danish club sold us the then 22-year-old for the bargain price of £3 million back in 2010.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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