Marc Wilson has revealed it did not take long to decide to join Stoke City and says he did not hold talks with West Ham United.
The versatile 23-year-old completed a move to Stoke on transfer deadline day in a deal that also saw Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence head to Portsmouth in part-exchange.
West Ham were also understood to have made a bid for Wilson, who is happy to be back in the Premier League with Tony Pulis' Potters side.
"I was impressed with what Tony had to say from the start," said Wilson. "He was very positive and it didn't take me long to make my mind up.
"I'd heard West Ham were interested, but I didn't speak to anyone there.
"This is a great club and I couldn't wait to come back to the Premier League because it is every player's ambition to be in the top flight.
"I had a taste of the Premier League last season and I wanted to get back there as soon as possible.
"Leaving Portsmouth was difficult because I've been there for so long, but I wish them well and my aim now is to do my best for Stoke."
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jermaine Pennant also joined Stoke on deadline day and Wilson is looking forward to fighting for his place at the Britannia Stadium
"Obviously Eidur and Jermaine are top players and it was a good feeling to be joining the club on the same day," he told The Sentinel. "But there are a number of very good players here already.
"There has already been a bit of banter thrown around and it seems to be a lively dressing room.
"Hopefully I can make my debut against Aston Villa (on 13th September) and build a good rapport with them straight away.
"But if I'm not selected, I'll bide my time until I get my chance."
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