Monday, 22nd July 2019
I didn't want to join West Ham, says Dead Snake
Filed: Saturday, 9th February 2019
Author: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Luis Boa Morte has revealed that he never wanted to join West Ham.

The former Portuguese international was Alan Curbishley's first signing of the 2007 January transfer window, arriving from Fulham in a £5million deal as West Ham - under the new ownership of Eggert Magnusson and Bjorgolffur Gudmundsson - attempted to stave off relegation.

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Yet despite spending the next four seasons at Upton Park, Boa Morte - whose name translates as 'Dead Snake' - revealed in an interview earlier this week that he was happy at Craven Cottage and disappointed to be sold to West Ham.

"I went to West Ham, which is a club with many supporters, but not of my own free will," Boa Morte told Mais Futebol. "I didnít want to leave Fulham.

"A year before, I could have gone to Newcastle but I didnít want to force it. Then the CEO of Fulham decided to sell me. Both myself and [manager] Chris Coleman were caught off guard.

"They accepted the West Ham proposal, but as captain I thought I deserved more consideration."

Boa Morte began his career in England as a 19-year-old at Arsenal, a club he confesses to still support, before taking in spells at Southampton, Fulham and West Ham.

And despite not having initially wanted to join the Hammers, he cites the 2010 Carling Cup defeat of Manchester United as one of his favourite matches to have played in.

That night Boa Morte, now 41, played the full 90 minutes as a brace each from Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole sent West Ham through to the competition's last four at the expense of Alex Ferguson's side.

The Lisbon-born midfielder made a total of 109 appearances in a West Ham shirt, scoring just twice - firstly in a 3-0 win at Fulham in April 2007 and then a 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester City at the Boleyn in May 2010.