West Ham reportedly chased Tottenham enforcer Victor Wanyama in the summer transfer window and he looks like one that got away from them.
According to the Daily Express, the Hammers made a move when the window was open to take him on loan.
The report details that it ended up falling through and that Belgian club Club Brugge are in the hunt for the “unhappy” 27-year-old, as the European window to sign players remains open.
It is understood that the £18million-rated midfielder wants an exit from Spurs, but his wages may be an issue.
West Ham have clearly missed their opportunity to land the Kenya international with the Premier League window shut for business, which should be extremely frustrating as he may have been an ideal fit.
Wanyama’s immediate future is unclear with the European window still open, but it looks unlikely he will get much action if he stays with Spurs.
He’s not played a minute in the opening two Premier League games and has slipped down the pecking order for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Wanyama was a real hit during the beginning of his Spurs career, but injury problems have not helped.
The no-nonsense midfielder is a powerhouse that has proven he can be a real success in England during time with Spurs and Southampton, as he breaks up play well and is calm on the ball.
West Ham do have promising talent Declan Rice screening the defence, but they could do with another protector to allow their fluent attacking players to thrive.
Hammers captain Mark Noble does still have to come back from injury, but Wanyama would have slotted in nicely at the London Stadium and it’s a shame Manuel Pellegrini’s team failed with their move.