Malmo midfielder Jiloan Hamad will not be moving to Upton Park this January
Sam Allardyce looks set to turn his attentions elsewhere as the West Ham manager continues to pursue new midfield recruits after his main target Jiloan Hamad opted against a move to the Premier League side.
The 22-year-old midfielder was the subject of interest from a host of clubs spread across Europe, following a string of match-winning performances for the newly-crowned Swedish champions Malmo.
Allardyce had hoped to recruit the player, who would have provided competition for the likes of Mark Noble and Ravel Morrison in central midfield.
But any hopes of landing the player have now vanished after it was announced that the player had agreed a deal with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
The Swede has moved to the German club on a free transfer after seeing out his current deal and has signed a four-year contract which will see him arrive in January.
Hamad was seen as a player with huge potential and someone the London club would have happily brought in, Allardyce continues to rebuild his currently depleted squad.
Despite the disappointment felt by those within the Hammers hierarchy, players like Noble and Morrison may be buoyed by the new development, which is likely to ensure they remain heavily involved in the first team picture at Upton Park.
The West Ham boss, meanwhile, looks set to continue his pursuit of additional players with the former Bolton man keen to bolster the ranks and improve the overall quality of the squad and competition for places.
One former Hammers hero, Yossi Benayoun, is currently available on a free transfer, with Queens Park Rangers currently trialling the player with a view to a move.
Given West Ham’s association with the player and Big Sam’s penchant for a bargain, stranger things have certainly happened.
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