With just 10 minutes to go before the transfer deadline, Chelsea defender turned down the chance to join West Ham on loan.
The Hammers were in a market for a centre-half, and, after having bids for Wesley Fofana and James Tarkowski turned down, moved on to Tomori as an alternative.
They negotiated a deal with Chelsea to take Tomori on a season-long loan, and all the arrangements were in place and the paperwork complete. The East London side had agreed a loan with no option to buy, and were even prepared to pay a substantial agent’s fee as well.
There have even been suggestions they were prepared to pay Chelsea £50,000 every time that he did not play.
However, then Tomori had a last-minute change of heart and he decided to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place under Frank Lampard this season.
Tomori’s about turn left West Ham with no time to line-up a replacement, although they could still try and sign somebody from the Championship in the mini domestic window that has now opened.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.