Manchester City goalkeeper Stuart Taylor has revealed West Ham tried to sign him in the summer before he penned a new deal at Eastlands.
Taylor looked to be on his way out of City at the end of last season after being released only to sign a new two-year deal nine days later.
The former Arsenal custodian admitted he was keen on a move to West Ham before Roberto Mancini persuaded him to stay at Eastlands to provide cover and competition for Joe Hart and Shay Given.
"I was actually in the process of moving my stuff out of my Manchester home when I was asked to come and see the manager at Carrington," Taylor told the club's official website.
"He asked if I'd like to stay and I when I was offered a new deal, I didn't hesitate.
"West Ham had showed interest during the summer and I thought I might be heading back to London at one stage, which from a family point-of-view wouldn't have been a bad thing. But it's a short career and I enjoyed being with City last year so it made sense to stay here."
Taylor has made just one start for City since joining the club in the summer of 2009, but he hopes he will get a chance to play at some point this term.
"I get along really well with Shay and Joe and there's a good spirit within the squad," added Taylor.
"We've made a good start to the campaign and I hope I'll be able to play a part at some part. In the meantime I'll be training hard and if I'm needed, I'll be ready."