Spanish midfielder Aleix Garcia, formerly of Girona and recently signed by Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen has revealed that he did in fact turn down a summer move to West Ham after the Hammers were heavily linked with the 27 year old.

Last seasons Bundesliga champions Leverkusen moved swiftly in order to agree a reported £15 million deal for Garcia after his excellent season in La Liga with Girona as the midfielder helped the Spanish side achieve Champions League qualification.

Garcia’s impressive campaign for Girona saw the 27 year old named as part of La Liga’s team of the season which included players such as Robert Lewandowski and Jude Bellingham.

Going into the summer transfer window, Garcia was expected to be sought after and have a number of clubs chasing his signature. Ultimately though, it was Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen who were able to agree a deal to bring in the Spanish international. Garcia has come out and confirmed he had received an offer from the Hammers which ultimately he declined, it was reported in the Evening Standard.

Asked by Diari de Girona if he had received any offers aside from Leverkusen, the 27 year old said: “One from West Ham. They were the only ones. If I had waited longer, maybe I could have received another one. I considered that Bayer was the most positive, because of the coach and the style of play. Playing the Champions League was a trigger.”