West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed the club were close to signing Luis Diaz before he joined Liverpool last month.
The Reds completed the signing of the Colombian winger from Portuguese giants FC Porto in a deal reportedly worth €45 million (R780 million).
Moyes has revealed he personally spoke with the Colombian on the phone but reveals Liverpool changed their mind about signing him next season.
"I spoke to Luis Diaz on the phone, we were quite far down the line to sign him from Porto," Moyes said, as per the Star.
"My understanding was that Liverpool planned to come in in the summer, so we thought we'd try and get him in January. I don't know if that affected Liverpool's decision, but he's a really good player and we didn't get him.
"Our ambitions are to sign the best players we can to try to improve West Ham. I want to make us better, I don't want it to be mediocre if I can help it.
“Sometimes, you just need to be patient, hope we get the right things at the right time, and that's the way I've chosen to make my decisions here rather than bring in people who maybe don't right fit the bill."
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