West Ham United have missed out on a chance to bring Jordan Torunarigha to the Premier League, according to Het Laaste Nieuws. KAA Gent has confirmed the defenders' 3.5 million return to Belgium.
Torunarigha was loaned to the Ghelamco Arena in the second half of last season. And the fifth-best side in Belgium certainly left a lasting impression on the former Germany U21 international.
Because, rather than embark on a new adventure in Germany or England, the Hertha Berlin maniac jumped at the chance to pick up where he left off across the border, signing a contract until 2025 on Tuesday afternoon.
It's nice to be back. I feel good here. It's clear that a move was the best choice, according to Torunarigha, explaining the role CEO Michel Louwagie and coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck played in persuading him to reject offers from elsewhere.
What sparked my interest? Michel and the coach called me almost every day.I felt they were absolutely interested in me.That gives me a lot of confidence.
The coach (Vanhaezebrouck) has a great personality.He has his own ideas that I like.He always says it as it is. Whether you play good or bad, he always says it as it is. During my last match last season for AA Gent, he also gave me a round of applause and urged the audience to applaud.
I had never experienced such an emotion. It was an emotional moment.
Gent will pay an initial fee of 3 million, rising to 3.5 million, for a left-footed central defender who represented Germany at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
West Ham United had submitted a proposal for Torunarigha, according to the Berliner Zeitung. The 24-year-olds' decision to put pen to paper with Gent might have implications for Issa Diops' future at the London Stadium.
Fulham are in negotiations with the Times about a possible 20 million settlement for Diop. The Cottagers might be forced to go back to the drawing board, however, with the Frenchmans' replacement falling through David Moyes' fingers.