By Liam Thomas

27th Sep, 2022 | 11:40am

West Ham United target Jason Denayer rebuffs switch to Premier League to move to United Arab Emirates

West Ham United target Jason Denayer has rebuffed the chance to move back to the Premier League, instead opting for a switch to the United Arab Emirates, according to 90min.

Denayer is a solid talent and has spent the international window with Belgium, earning a call-up by Roberto Martinez to the Red Devils squad.

The 27-year-old has been without a club since his contract came to an end with Lyon this summer and was reportedly on the wish lists of Wolves, Bournemouth and Leicester.

The Hammers will now miss out on signing the talented defender with the player opting to join Shabab Al Ahli in the UAE Pro League; joining Everton midfielder Allan in making the move to Dubai in recent days.

The defender will join up with Ligue 1 winning coach Leonardo Jardim; who famously coached AS Monaco to a French league title in recent years against juggernauts Paris Saint-Germain.


West Ham United may have missed out on a decent talent here, one who may have helped ease their defensive worries this season.

Denayer is a seasoned professional; spending time at Manchester City and Sunderland he knows England well and would’ve been a solid shout, especially as a free agent.

Nevertheless, it seems David Moyes is holding out for summer signing Nayef Aguerd to return from injury; the defender was signed from Rennes this summer.

The Hammers also signed Thilo Kehrer from Paris Saint-Germain; leaving little room for another defender to come into the London clubs ranks.

West Ham could’ve reaped the benefits of Moyes already being familiar with Denayer; the Belgium international played for the Scot during his time at Sunderland during the 2016/17 campaign.

Extra depth at the back never goes amiss; and a proven, reliable defender like Denayer on a free transfer seems like an all too solid deal.

The allure and bright lights of Dubai were obviously the crucial turning point in this transfer debacle.