West Ham United allegedly missed out on Khouma Babacar this past summer.

According to Corriere Dello Sport (subscription required), Fiorentina thought they had sold striker Khouma Babacar to West Ham United over the summer – but the deal fell through.

Babacar, 24, joined Fiorentina from Pescara back in 2008, and when he began coming up through the ranks with the Florence side, he was billed as one of the top young strikers in Europe.

The Senegal international became a first-team regular after loan spells with Racing Santander, Padova and Modena, scoring 16 goals in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns collectively.

Last term, Babacar hit 14 goals in all competitions, despite mostly serving as cover for Nikola Kalinic – and whilst Kalinic joined AC Milan over the summer, Fiorentina responded by bringing in Cyril Thereau and Giovanni Simeone.

Babacar has subsequently failed to start a single game this season, and Corriere Dello Sport (subscription required) report that Fiorentina were convinced they had sold Babacar over the summer.

It’s claimed that Fiorentina thought a deal to sell Babacar to West Ham United for €15million (£13.3million) had been sealed, but the move fell apart, meaning that Fiorentina couldn’t sign Filip Djordjevic.

West Ham did sign one striker over the summer in Javier Hernandez, but with question marks over the future of Diafra Sakho – an international teammate of Babacar – it remains to be seen whether the Hammers return for Babacar.

Given his lack of playing time this season, Fiorentina cannot expect that £13.3million fee again, and West Ham may actually sense a bargain, though the appointment of David Moyes could change their summer transfer plans.


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