West Ham United fans have heaped praise on former player Paulo di Canio after it emerged that he once rejected a move to Manchester United.

Arriving on English soil in 1997 to join Sheffield Wednesday, the Italian forward quickly made a name for himself and his performances saw him gain a deal with West Ham.

A four-year spell with the Hammers between 1999 and 2003 saw Di Canio create some memorable moments for the club and fans, including his famed scissor kick strike against Wimbledon in 2000.

Making a total of 141 appearances for the London based club, Di Canio would eventually call time on his career at West Ham, securing a move to Charlton Athletic, before spells with Lazio and Cisco Roma.

Di Canio has left a massive memory in the part of the Hammers, helping them win the Intertoto Cup in 1999, and his latest revelation will go along way to further enhance his reputation.

The Italian has claimed in an interview with Sky Sports News’ Transfer Talk Podcast, that whilst at West Ham in 2001, he rejected a move to Man United after receiving a telephone call from then Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.