Real Betis striker Loren Moron has confirmed he rejected the opportunity to join West Ham United this summer.
The 24-year-old raised his release clause at Los Verdiblancos from €25m to €40m plus variables after penning a new long-term contract this summer.
“It is true there were several clubs who contacted me regarding their interest and we had one firm proposal from them (West Ham),” Loren told Estadio Deportivo.
“I did not want to throw away the opportunity I have here at Betis after moving through the youth system and playing for the reserve side.
“I let my agents know, I told my parents and friends and told them that my intention was to stay and continue here.
“Now I am finally reaping what I sowed a long time ago and I am enjoying my time here a lot.”
Moron has scored nine goals in 17 La Liga starts since his first-team debut in February.
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