French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has revealed the reasons behind his failed move to England.
The Marseille forward was on the verge of a move to Fulham after meeting Martin Jol and participating in a medical for the Craven Cottage side.
However, the Ligue 1 side pulled the plug on the deal, only to offer the opportunity of a move to Sunderland moments late.
It was a move the 25-year-old felt he could not make after such a warm welcome in west London by Fulham.
“We were told about Olympiakos and Fulham, and I decided to listen to the London side. We went there and immediately we felt their interest was concrete and serious," said the 16 cap international.
“We spent the evening with coach Martin Jol and his wife. On Wednesday (transfer deadline day) we had a medical. It was a wonderful welcome.
“At 10.30pm, Marseille called me to return because my forward replacement would not come. Three minutes after calling me to come back to Marseille, I was called again as there was an opportunity to go to Sunderland.
“I could not reply ‘yes’ to Sunderland and ‘no’ to Fulham because l’OM just made the decision of a swap deal with Gyan.”
Despite the player stating publicly that he's keen to force his way into the fold at the Stade Velédrome, a source close to the player claims Gignac is again hopeful Fulham come back in for his services in January.
“If Deschamps didn’t want Andre before, he’s not going to make any special considerations for him now," said the source.
“Andre liked what he saw at Fulham, and hit it off straight away with Jol.”