West Ham’s La Liga bid a non-starter, confirms midfield target

Last week, it was reported by Inside Spanish Football that West Ham were considering a January move for Valencia enforcer Javi Fuego, with the club’s scouts spotted in Spain.

The tenacious midfielder has become a vital component of Los Che’s first team since joining them from Rayo Vallecano in summer 2013, going onto register 43 appearances for them in La Liga and featuring in every minute of their domestic campaign this term.

But the 30 year-old is known to be one of the club’s lowest earners in proportion to his amount of game-time, and Sky Sports’ La Liga correspondant Guillem Balague confirmed the Irons’ interest last week, informing Twitter; “On Javi Fuego, linked to West Ham. Player one of the worst paid ones at club. WH interest real. But Valencia has told him he’s not for sale.”

However, Fuego has now dismissed the notion of a Mestalla departure in the New Year, telling reporters; “If any team wants to sign me, it’s because of the chances I’ve been given by Valencia and what I try to give to this team. I’m very comfortable with my role within the team, in the dressing room and happy in the city with my family.

“Right now I do not plan anything. It is true that when I was with Rayo, the best deals economically were to leave Spain. But I always had the vision of playing in a top team of Spain and Valencia is one. I’m very happy and I do not plan to leave for anything,” said Fuego – as reported by Here Is The City.

The high-flying Hammers, who take on Leicester City in the Premier League this afternoon, will now likely pursue other transfer targets.