Atletico Madrid striker Raul Jimenez said he turned down a summer move to West Ham.
The 6ft 3in forward was one of a number of strikers linked with the Hammers over the summer of 2015, but Jimenez opted for a loan move to Portugese giants Benfica .
“There was also an offer from West Ham and for several days I had to think about the two options and in the end chose Benfica because I felt it was the club that could give me what I needed,” he told Portuguese newspaper A Bola .
“It’s the best club in Portugal and they can help me a lot to continue to improve and grow as a footballer.”
After impressing in the Mexican league with Club America , the 24-year-old was snapped up by Atleti as a replacement for Diego Costa. However, the Mexico international struggled for form in his first season in Spain, scoring just one goal.