Report: 'Poker playing' West Ham to miss out on Ozan Kabak transfer

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Southampton at The London Stadium, in east London...

Kabak was linked with a £13 million move to West Ham United.

Ozan Kabak of Stuttgart in action during the Bundesliga playoff first leg match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Union Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 23, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The rumoured West Ham United target, Ozan Kabak, is set to sign for Schalke 04, according to reports in Germany.

Bild claims Kabak will spurn Bayern Munich to join their Bundesliga rivals, after West Ham and AC Milan 'played poker until the end'.

 

The Hammers were initially linked with the Turkey centre-back at the start of this month, shortly after his current side, VFB Stuttgart, were relegated back to the second tier.

And with his contract containing a £13 million release clause, according to The Guardian, Kabak could have been a bargain for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Southampton at The London Stadium, in east London...

West Ham, though, are unlikely to lose too much sleep over Kabak, who only moved to Stuttgart from Galatasaray in January, with Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid among their existing centre-back options.

Schalke's manager, David Wagner, was linked with the Hammers job while in charge of Huddersfield Town.

David Wagner, Manager of Huddersfield Town celebrates promotion to the Premier League after the Sky Bet Championship play off final between Huddersfield and Reading at Wembley Stadium on...

Will West Ham rue not signing Kabak?

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