West Ham transfer blow as reported target Azubuike Egwuekwe makes surprise move

Reported West Ham target Azubuike Egwuekwe has made a surprise move to Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Alleged West Ham target Azubuike Egwuekwe has chosen a strange move, joining Israeli side Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Egwuekwe, 25, has made 34 appearances for Nigeria, and whilst he didn't feature for his country at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, he's attracted plenty of interest.

Recent reports suggested that West Ham had eyed up the Warri Wolves centre back as a potential replacement for Winston Reid, whose contract is set to expire this summer.

The Daily Mirror reported earlier this week that the Hammers had seen a £500,000 bid rejected, with Warri Wolves looking for a fee in the region of £4m in order to part with their star defender.

Then, reports from Nigerian website SL10 suggested that Egwuekwe had arrived in London to negotiate terms with West Ham ahead of his proposed move to Upton Park.

Yet now, Egwuekwe has made a strange move, joining Israeli side Hapoel Tel-Aviv, as the club confirmed on Twitter below (translation required).

That leaves West Ham to look for other targets, with Reid seemingly heading for the exit at the end of this season when his contract expires, with Egwuekwe now pursuing a career in Israel instead of England.

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