Sead Haksabanovic may have left West Ham United on loan this January for IFK Norrkoping after a disappointing spell at Malaga in the first half of the season, however, it appears he had a couple of options in Sweden to choose from.
According to Studio Allsvenskan, which is a podcast, the teenager revealed that he had turned down AIK simply because of the money being ‘too little’.
“It was too little money. Then Jozo (Palac, agent) called me and said that Norrkoping had given me a better contract. Then Norrkoping came into the picture for me,” he said.
The 19-year-old is understood to be held in high regard at the London Stadium and they were equally disappointed that his loan spell at Malaga did not go as well as they had initially planned.
Haksabanovic made two appearances for the Segunda Division outfit before making the switch to the Allsvenskan, a league he knows well having spent time with Halmstads BK before signing for West Ham.
Haksabanovic’s remarks about why he decided against AIK and chose Norrkoping are brutally honest and surprisingly refreshing to hear.
However, although he may be earning more at his current temporary club, getting regular minutes on the pitch will be what matters most to the attacking midfielder this season.
With the Allsvenskan yet to start, he will want to use the remainder of pre-season as the ideal time to make an impression and push for a place in their first-team immediately.
West Ham fans – thoughts?