M’Baye Niang revealed that he turned down the chance to join West Ham United and Everton in order to make the move to fellow Premier League side Watford.
The 22-year-old moved to Vicarage Road on a loan deal from Italian giants AC Milan during the January transfer window and has made a positive start to life in England’s top flight.
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He enjoyed a dream home debut against Burnley earlier this month, scoring one goal and creating the other during the Hornets’ 2-1 victory over Sean Dyche’s men.
Watford were not the only Premier League side interested in signing the France under-21 international, with the forward claiming that he rejected the advances of both West Ham and Everton in order to work under manager Walter Mazzarri.
“I had other offers, from Everton and West Ham,” the player told the club’s official website.
“But they did not get to the same level as Watford in terms of how much they wanted me. It was mainly the manager (Walter Mazzarri) who got me here.
“He was very determined to have me here and it was because of him that I made the decision to come.”
A £14 million option to buy means that Watford could turn Niang’s loan deal into a permanent one and judging by the player’s comments, he would be in favour of remaining at Vicarage Road beyond the end of the current campaign.
“I came to Watford to stay in the long-term,” he said, soon after joining from the Rossoneri.
“I can see this is a nice club and the people like their football. I came here to stay here long-term because I have a great desire to prove what I can give to this club.”