West Ham made a late January approach for Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder, TMW reports.
The 25-year-old has scored 14 games in 28 games this season, and the three Premier League clubs wanted to take advantage of Toulouse’s relegation threatened status to sign Ben Yedder.
However, the Guardian report indicates that early in the window the striker made it clear he would not leave the club whilst they are fighting for survival in Ligue 1.
He will leave at the end of the season instead, but despite his statement of intention to stay in January, the Hammers still made a late swoop for him.
There were issues with signing Emmanuel Emenike last month due to his work permit, and Ben Yedder was a fall-back option if the Nigerian was not available.
Toulouse rejected the offer immediately, and West Ham’s offer was more of a shot in the dark than anything realistic, given that both the club and the player had no intention for a transfer in January.
Thankfully, Emenike’s work permit was sorted out and he finalised a move to the Boleyn Ground before the close of the window.
The Hammers are expected to return for Ben Yedder in the summer when he will look for a transfer.