Report: West Ham have bid rejected for transfer target who wants move

West Ham United have reportedly made an offer for Azubuike Egwuekwe, but his current club, Warri Wolves, have turned it down.

West Ham United have had a bid of £500,000 rejected for Azubuike Egwuekwe, according to a report in the London Evening Standard.

The Nigerian defender has emerged as a target for the Hammers during this transfer window, according to TalkSPORT, and it seems that a move to the Boleyn Ground could be a real possibility as they step up their chase for his signature. 

Egwuekwe, who currently plays for Warri Wolves, has previously admitted he is hoping to leave his current side in the coming weeks, as interest in his services rises. 

"Offers are coming from overseas, I have an offer from an EPL club, the Championship and from Russia,” Egwuekwe was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard last week.

“I am still a Warri Wolves player, but at the end of this month, I hope to say bye bye to Warri Wolves.”

Sam Allardyce is on the hunt for replacements for Winston Reid, who he expects to leave at the end of the season, and Egwuekwe has emerged as a leading target.

The London side are also said by the Daily Mail to be interested in the likes of Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou and Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk. 

If Egwuekwe, who has also been linked with a move to Watford, does arrive at West Ham during this transfer window he is likely to be a back-up option for the remainder of this season, but his first-team chances should increase next year. 

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