New Swansea City signing Wilfried Bony has revealed he turned down offers from elsewhere in England before becoming The Swans' record signing, after being linked with moves to Chelsea and West Ham United.
Bony has penned a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium, joining the League Cup winners for £12m to become Michael Laudrup's seventh signing of the summer transfer window.
The 24 year old was linked with moves to both Chelsea and West Ham throughout the summer transfer window and upon clinching his move to Swansea, Bony has admitted he received other others from rivals English clubs.
"This move has been talked about for quite some time, so I am delighted it is all completed,'' Bony said.
"Now it is important that I focus my mind on the challenge ahead because I hope to make the Swansea fans very happy.
"I watched Swansea a lot last season on TV. They have some good players and I like the way they play. I appreciate the style, which is similar to the Dutch way, and I think being at Swansea will help me develop as a player.
"I believe it's the right step for me; the perfect move. I had a lot of offers from all across the world, including England, France, Ukraine, Russia and the UAE.
"But I chose Swansea because it is a good club with a corresponding style, a great manager and, of course, playing in the Premier League. I considered everything and Swansea came out on top.''
The ex-Sparta Prague forward scored 31 goals in 30 games last season and claimed the Dutch Player of the Year award, sparking interest from both Chelsea and West Ham among others.
While Chelsea are seeking an accomplice to Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, both of whom misfired last season, West Ham are keen to recruit a second striker in the window despite signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool.
A bid for Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo has been rejected by the Spanish club but Hammers co-owner David Gold is adamant the club must add to their attacking resources after only Kevin Nolan reached double figures in terms of goals last season.