According to a report from French outlet Foot Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have both failed with bids to land Porto striker Moussa Marega.
It would be no surprise to see both Premier League clubs sign a new goalscorer before the window shuts.
Spurs are without Harry Kane due to injury for the coming months. Meanwhile, the Hammers are in a precarious situation.
David Moyes’s side are only outside the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference. And they boast little depth up front beyond Sebastien Haller.
However, it appears that Marega will not be the answer for either side, as things stand.
Foot Mercato reports that both clubs made bids to take the Mali international on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy.
The report notes that Porto rejected the offers. They are holding out for a fee of around £25.3 million for the 28-year-old.
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Marega has been directly involved in 10 league goals this season, with five strikes to his name as well as five assists.
His form hints that a loan move could have been a very good piece of business. But it would surely be a huge surprise if either Spurs or West Ham decided to meet Porto’s reported demands after having their bids rejected.
His record in Portugal is impressive, and he did score six times in last season’s Champions League. But it would still be a gamble to make a permanent move.
He turns 29 before the end of the season. So there may be questions about how long he will remain at his peak. There may also be concerns about how well he can adapt to life in the Premier League after playing in Portugal.