Report: Kostas Fortounis wants to stay at Olympiakos over joining West Ham

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at London Stadium on May 4, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United's pursuit of Kostas Fortounis may prove fruitless.

Kstantinos Fortouns of Olympiakos Piraeus during Super League Championship match between FC Levadiakos and Olympiakos Piraeus in Levadia, Greece on 13 Jamuary 2019.

According to The Guardian, Olympiakos playmaker Kostas Fortounis wants to stay and renew his contract over joining West Ham United.

Fortounis, 26, has enjoyed a simply stunning campaign in Greece, racking up 17 goals and 16 assists in all competitions for Olympiakos.

The playmaker is unsurprisingly attracting major interest, and West Ham director of football Mario Husillos is keen to land him having seen him first-hand during his time with Olympiakos.

 

It's now claimed that Olympiakos want at least €17million (£15million) for Fortounis, and the man himself has decided that he'd rather stay and sign a new contract than move on to West Ham.

That's a blow for the Hammers, who appear to be pushing to sign another playmaker to offer some competition for Manuel Lanzini, or even some cover given that he's being linked away.

The former Kaiserslauten attacking midfielder has shown his quality in Greece, possessing great quality on the ball, a decent turn of pace and dangerous set pieces.

Kostas Fortounis scores a penalty (3-21) during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between Olympiacos and AC Milan at Karaiskakis Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Piraeus, Greece.

At £15million, Fortounis could have been a fine addition to Manuel Pellegrini's side, even if he's only really starred in Greece.

West Ham should pursue a deal for a couple more weeks in an attempt to try and change his mind, but this may well be a major blow for Husillos and Pellegrini.

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at London Stadium on May 4, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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