After re-claiming the Primeira Liga title from Porto last season, it was no secret that The Eagles wanted to reinforce their squad with a new, top level goalkeeper.
But it seemed that they were always fighting a losing battle trying to convince The Hammers to part with a veteran Poland international who moved to the London Stadium for £7 million from relegated Swansea City and ended his debut season as the club’s Player of the Year (Talksport).
And Lage has now admitted that a deal for Fabianski was ‘impossible’, with Benfica also running into a brick wall in their pursuit of Barcelona benchwarmer Jasper Cillessen.
“(Cillessen) was the first solution,” said Lage, who was once Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday.
“Then Fabianski. We realized that for financial reasons it would be impossible.”
Odisseas Vlachodimos has started all of Benfica’s league games in the first few weeks of 2019/20 but there is still time for Lage to get his man with the transfer window still open for Portuguese clubs until September 22,
But they can forget about renewing their interest in Fabianski. If a deal was ‘impossible’ weeks ago, West Ham aren’t going to suddenly listen to offers when signing a replacement is impossible.
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