A lack of first team opportunities may have put paid to West Ham United’s chances of signing Colombia full-back Pablo Armero.
That was the message gleaned from a series of quotes that have appeared on the official AC Milan website as the Colombian prepares to be unveiled as the Rossoneri’s latest signing.
The move comes after Armero impressed for Los Cafeteros at the World Cup, scoring the opener in their 3-0 win over Greece in the group stages of the competition.
Armero spent time at West Ham United on loan last season, playing just five times in the Premier League but nevertheless earning a call-up from Jose Pekerman for the World Cup in Brazil.
It’s unknown as to whether the Hammers were keen on completing a permanent deal for the player, but the Colombian’s agent Luciano Ramalho did confirm in an interview last week that there had been interest from the Premier League.
Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, the player's agent said: "There were offers from English clubs, but we chose Milan."
And in quotes attributed to Armero that appeared on the AC Milan website, the South American star appeared to take aim at the lack of opportunities he had not only at West Ham but previous club Napoli, as he prepared to undergo a medical with the Rossoneri.
"I'll be in a great team, I want to find space here and do well," he said.
"I only have to work to do well and earn a spot here, then the coach will say who plays."
The quotes allude to the idea that Armero may have found life difficult under previous managers but is relishing the chance of earning a spot in the Rossoneri starting eleven under new boss Filippo Inzaghi.
Armero may have come to adapt to life in the Premier League, meanwhile, but West Ham have hardly missed out, having recruited highly-rated full-back Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town.
The former Tractor Boys player was regarded as one of the start performers in the second-tier last term and is relishing the chance to prove himself in the top-flight.