Chelsea defender Fiakayo Tomori rejected the chance to join West Ham United on loan with just 10 minutes of the transfer window remaining, according to The Sun.
The 22-year-old was set to sign for the Hammers on loan for the season but decided to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place.
It means West Ham got to the deadline without strengthening their defensive ranks and they will now surely turn to the Championship to try and do something.
Chelsea had agreed on a deal with West Ham to allow the England international to join them for the entirety of the 2020/21 campaign.
Tomori played 22 times for the Blues last season with a transfer embargo dictating that Frank Lampard needed to utilise his academy ranks.
The centre-back had played under the Chelsea boss during the season previous on loan at Derby County where he helped the Rams to the Play-Off Final.
This term has been more of a struggle though with Tomori featuring just twice in the Carabao Cup and for 45 minutes of a Premier League defeat to Liverpool.
The snub represents a body blow to West Ham who had been keen all summer to add a centre-back to David Moyes’ ranks.
West Ham have enjoyed a decent week, beating Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0 on Sunday. It’s fair to say, however, they are light at the back.
On Sunday, Aaron Cresswell was called upon to play on the left-hand side of a three-man defence, highlighting a need for reinforcements.
Tomori earns £75,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge and signing a young defender with plenty of potential would have been a tremendous loan signing.
First-team football doesn’t seem like being on the horizon for Tomori and turning down the Hammers perhaps suggests a lack of ambition by the player.