The Mirror are reporting that West Ham United failed with an ambitious bid to sign AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek.
The article claims that the Polish talisman rejected an advance for the Hammers in favour of moving to a bigger club.
Piatek has been the subject of interest throughout the transfer window.
Tottenham have been probably linked the strongest of any club. The Times reports that they are willing to offer Erik Lamela or Juan Foyth rather than pay the £25 million asking price.
Piatek has only netted four goals in 18 Serie A games this season.
His form during the 2018/19 campaign is what has drawn such intense interest, however.
He netted 30 goals in 42 games across spells with Genoa and then following his switch to Milan.
West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to add some more firepower to his squad prior to the window closing.
The 24-year-old Milan talisman could have been a decent signing. With the Hammers languishing near the foot of the Premier League, however, you can hardly fault Piatek’s intentions.
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Given that the Hammers are level on points with the team in 19th place in the Premier League, attracting the likes of Piatek will prove impossible.
Not too many players are going to swap one of Europe’s biggest clubs for a team battling to stay in the top-flight.
As a result, West Ham will probably be forced to lower their expectations.
New arrivals are needed to bolster Moyes’ survival bid but he might not be able to attract the stellar signing that the supporters crave.