Report sheds light on failed West Ham United deal for Simon Kjaer

Denmark's Simon Kjaer looks dejected

The Dane was reportedly a target for West Ham United in the summer.

Denmark's Simon Kjaer looks dejectedDenmark's Simon Kjaer looks dejected

A report in Turkey has been shedding light on the situation involving Danish international Simon Kjaer at Fenerbahce.

The talented centre-back is a player Fenerbahce consider up for sale. The Istanbul club need to cut some of their high wage earners, as they seek to comply with FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Kjaer was therefore touted out as a potential signing for several teams in the summer – with various clubs in Japan attempting to pull off a marquee signing of the player.

Another team keen, were West Ham United.

According to Sporx the Hammers, whose boss Slaven Bilic will know Kjaer well from his spell in Turkish football, wanted the Dane to strengthen their defence.

Kjaer was keen on a move to London, deciding Japan was not for him. According to the report, West Ham were willing to pay €10 million (£8.7 million) to sign the player.

Sporting Braga's Nicola Stoiljkovic in action against Fenerbahce's Simon KjaerSporting Braga's Nicola Stoiljkovic in action against Fenerbahce's Simon Kjaer

However, two things got in the way of the deal. Kjaer could not agree wages with West Ham, whilst he also made it clear he only wanted a short-term contract, seeing West Ham as a potential stepping stone.

West Ham never completed a deal and in the winter, they prised Jose Fonte away from Premier League rivals Southampton.

Kjaer, it seems, was just not meant to be for West Ham United.

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