Belgian forward Dries Mertens has reportedly rejected a move to West Ham. Italian news site FCInter has reported that the 32-year-old had an offer on the table from the Hammers but made the decision to reject it, despite his wife being ready to move to London.
It would have been quite the coup for David Moyes and West Ham. Mertens has had a long and illustrious career at the top of the game with Belgium and Napoli. He has scored 118 goals for the Serie A side in 308 appearances and is out of contract in the summer.
He is free to hold discussions with clubs from around Europe to potentially seal a pre-contract agreement for the end of the season. Le10 Sport have reported that Chelsea are also interested in the Belgian international’s signature, but he may choose a move elsewhere in Italy.
Antonio Conte’s Inter are also interested in his signature. However, the former PSV man has been in Italy for seven years now and may seek one final challenge before his career is over.
TBR view – West Ham should pursue other targets
Mertens would no doubt bring a special something to the Hammers attack. He possesses the same flair and natural skill that the likes of Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals do, and could be part of a very exciting front trio.
However, the Belgian does not seem keen on a move and his slight build could mean that he is not as effective in the Premier League. He will also command a sizeable wage, which is a risk for a player approaching his mid-30’s.