Report: Moussa Marega must apologise to teammates after failed West Ham move

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West Ham United reportedly offered £26m to bring Moussa Marega to the Premier League from Primeira Liga champions FC Porto.

Moussa Marega of FC Porto looks on during the presentation of the Porto FC players before the Pre-season friendly match between FC Porto and Newcastle at Estadio do Dragao on July 28, 2018...

Many of the Premier League clubs who were linked with Moussa Marega this summer sent scouts to watch Porto’s 5-0 Primeira Liga thrashing of Chaves on Saturday.

But the Malian striker was nowhere to be seen. It is well documented that he was disappointed to miss out on a move to West Ham this summer, the London club having failed with a £26million bid as Porto refused to sell for below his £36 million release clause according to L'Equipe.

 

And Corrieo de Manha suggests that West Ham’s interest has caused some real problems behind the scenes at the reigning Primiera Liga champions.

It is claimed that Marega, who scored 22 goals in 29 league games last season, has been forced to train alone in recent days and has not been part of Sergio Conceicao’s first-team squad. This explains why he was nowhere to be seen against Chaves.

Moussa Marega of FC Porto in action during the match between FC Porto v Everton FC for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 22, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

And Porto aren’t taking the situation lightly. CM are adding that Marega will have to apologise to the staff and his team-mates before he is considered for first-team duty again and will be under pressure to demonstrate his full commitment in every training session.

Meanwhile, West Ham will have been left disappointed too by this unresolved saga. Their 4-0 opening day defeat at Liverpool highlighted not only problems in defence but a lack of presence at centre-forward too.

Porto's forward Moussa Marega from Mali (L) reacts during the Portuguese League football match SL Benfica vs FC Porto at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on April 15, 2018.

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