Osvaldo: I rejected West Ham

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 22nd January 2009

New Bologna signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has claimed he rejected the chance to move to West Ham United.

The 23-year-old former Fiorentina striker was hevaily linked with a move to London earlier this week following the departure of Craig Bellamy but instead completed a move to Serie A strugglers Bologna yesterday.

And in a statement confirming his switch Osvaldo claimed that he opted for a move to the Rossobl? over West Ham - despite having been offered the chance to move to England.

My options were West Ham or Bologna," he told the Italian club's website. "Both were interesting, but I chose Bologna.

"I know that the club and the fans expect a lot from me. I want to show my worth and score a lot to lend the team a hand. Bologna is a great opportunity for me."

Gianfranco Zola had been tracking the former Italian under-21 star for some time, but Osvaldo becomes the second transfer window target the Hammers have missed out on following Giampaolo Pazzini's move from Fiorentina to Sampdoria last week.

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