Apam could shun Hammers
Nigerian keen on France stay
Last Updated: June 10, 2010 3:21pm
Onyekachi Apam has suggested he may shun a move to England to stay in France.
West Ham have been linked with the Nice defender, who can play right-back or centre-half.
Apam was named in Nigeria's 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, but he failed to make the cut due to injury.
Now he is looking to his own future and a number of clubs are understood to be tracking him.
Rennes, who have sold Petter Hansson to Monaco, are very keen on him and Apam admits he could be tempted.
"After four years at the club, I want to leave Nice for the next level in my career," said Apam.
"I learned a lot during these four seasons at Nice, but the latter was more difficult with injuries and a whole season to play the continuation. I want to see something else, even progress."
Asked about where he would like to move, he said: "I do not really have a preference, I like both clubs.
"But Rennes is a team with ambition and I want to stay in France to continue to grow.
"Also, in Rennes, I know Frederic Antonetti - he was my coach for three seasons at Nice.
"I have the chance to work with him because he is a coach who made me grow a lot, it gave me confidence in my abilities. I have no priority between Rennes and West Ham, but Rennes is interesting."
Apam admits he was frustrated not to make it to South Africa.
"I hurt my right knee and I'm going to miss the World Cup because of it. It's frustrating, but I'm young and I hope to have the opportunity to play next time," he said.