David Moyes explains West Ham transfer decision that benefitted Sunderland

West Ham boss David Moyes says a couple of teams were interested in defender Aji Alese before his move to Sunderland.

The 21-year-old came through The Hammers’ academy and made two senior appearances for the first team before signing a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light, with a club option of a further year.

But despite Alese’s lack of first-team football, West Ham supporters seemed disappointed to see him leave.

Moyes was without defenders Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop for his side’s 2-0 defeat against Manchester City, meaning full-back Ben Johnson started at centre-back.

Aji Alese playing for Sunderland

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Yet the West Ham boss still says it was the right decision to let Alese leave.

“We felt it was right he wanted to go. It was a good move. A couple of teams came in for him,” Moyes told football.london.

“It was good for the boy he has been a really good boy. He has worked well and we like him a lot. We thought to give him an opportunity was the best thing as we didn’t see a chance for him to heavily feature in the first team.”