Reported West Ham target, Junior Firpo, has seen a move from Barcelona to Milan grind to a halt today, according to respected journalist, Fabrizio Romano.
Firpo is a reported target for the Hammers, after ESPN claimed last week that the Barcelona man was on the radar of David Moyes.
With Arthur Masuaku being out injured, West Ham could see a left-back as the ideal signing this January, as well as the striker they seek to replace Sebastien Haller.
And the Hammers could revive their interest in Firpo it seems, with Romano taking to Twitter today to confirm the defender’s proposed move to Italy has now hit the buffers.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 21, 2021
Romano states that Firpo is now expected to stay with Barcelona. But that doesn’t mean that West Ham won’t be able to chance their arm one more time, with Milan now seemingly out of the running.
Firpo is highly-rated and has previously been compared to legendary Brazilian defenders Roberto Carlos and Marcelo.
The Hammers are actively in the market for new players, although a strong first half of the season has taken the pressure off somewhat, with David Moyes even admitting he won’t be wasting his budget needlessly.
TBR View: A final chance to look at doing a deal maybe?
While Firpo may well stay put, there’s no reason why the Hammers shouldn’t go and ask again about the defender.
Barcelona’s financial woes mean they might be open to selling and with Milan out of the way, Firpo might see the Premier League as his next best option.
Plus, the Hammers are flying and at the moment, they’re a good club to join. This one might not be quite dead just yet.