Moussa Sow revealed that he turned down an offer from West Ham to join UAE side Al Ahli.
The 29-year-old striker joined the UAE outfit on a €17 million move from from Fenerbahçe over the summer transfer window.
The Senegal international also stated that he turned down an offer from Premier League outfit Sunderland.
“I received a few offers from West Ham United and Sunderland,” Sow was quoted as saying by Sport 360.
“But in the end, I decided to come to Al Ahli.”
West Ham boss was familiar with Sow form his time coaching Beşiktaş over the past two seasons.
The Senegal international scored in both derbies against Beşiktaş last season – both of which Fenerbahçe won in-fact the Black Eagles failed to win a single derby last season.
Bilic did however, lead Beşiktaş to a third placed finish and the Europa League Round of 32.
Sow had just a year remaining on his contract and was set to receive €1.4 million for the league campaign but Al Ahli activated his release clause and offered an increased contract deal.
The powerful forward netted a total of 16 times and provided eight assists in all competitions for the Istanbul last season. The 29-year-old won the league title and Turkish Cup during his time at the Yellow Canaries.