West Ham United ended up doing no business on transfer deadline day.
Manuel Pellegrini completed the signing of Portuguese youngster Mesaque Dju on Wednesday (via the club’s official website), but there were no other incomings despite a whole host of speculation.
A number of players were linked with moves to the London Stadium, as has been the case for most of the window.
One man who might have wound up with the Hammers was Michy Batshuayi.
The Chelsea striker’s representatives were in talks with the club over a potential loan deal, but it collapsed over the player’s wage demands, believed to be £170,000-a-week according to The Sun.
The Blues supposedly wanted a £4 million loan fee, which is extortionate for less than half a season.
West Ham right to walk away
West Ham are known to pay their players high wages, but they did the right thing standing firm and walking away from Batshuayi.
Although a talent, Batshuayi does not warrant such a weekly outlay.
It would have been a huge price to pay for someone who has had a really poor start to the season with Valencia over in La Liga.
He managed just one goal for Los Che, and has now joined Crystal Palace (via the club’s official website) – his third loan move away from Chelsea since joining from Marseille in 2016.
Perhaps he could have been good for the Hammers, but the risk was simply too high.