According to the Daily Mail, West Ham remain hopeful of tying up a deal for Hamilton Academical left back Stephen Hendrie this month.
The Hammers may have landed Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town last summer, but there is little to no depth behind him at Upton Park, and manager Sam Allardyce is understandably interested in signing another left back.
Hamilton's 20-year-old defender Hendrie is a target, and whilst they had a bid of around £2m accepted for the youngster according to the BBC, Hamilton vice-chairman Ronnie McDonald slammed the Hammers over their pursuit of Hendrie.
"The fee was agreed, Stephen agreed personal terms through his agent and they were meant to come up on New Year’s Day to sign off the deal and didn’t appear," he said.
"They then said they would be up on the 4th of January but didn’t appear so I just cancelled the deal. I’m getting phone calls from London saying that they want to resurrect it but as far as I’m concerned it’s off," added McDonald.
Hendrie is out of contract at the end of this season, which means Hamilton are vulnerable when it comes to keeping their prized asset - and whilst McDonald is fuming with West Ham, it appears that the Hammers haven't given up all hope just yet.
The Daily Mail suggest that whilst West Ham are concentrating on a deal for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, they are also hopeful that they can still conclude a deal for Hendrie, who has also been linked with a move to Celtic in recent weeks.
McDonald's stance is a big stumbling block for West Ham, and they may end up having to pay more than the previously agreed £2m, but with Hendrie out of contract at the end of the season, he could still find his way to East London this month.