Ajax coach, Maurice Steijn claimed he advised Nigeria defender, Calvin Bassey to accept offer from Premier League club, Fulham.
Fulham and Ajax have reached agreement for the transfer of the versatile defender to the London club.
The Whites will pay €21m including add-ons for the player.
Bassey initially objected the move but Steijn claimed he persuaded him to leave.
“I told Calvin Bassey it would be better to leave Ajax,” the Ajax coach told Telegraaf.
“Also because of the money. When he leaves — we can strengthen the squad properly. I have told him this honestly.”
The 23-year-old is now close to completing a transfer to Fulham.
He is now expected to agree personal terms and sign the contract after undergoing a routine medical.
This article was updated 2 months ago