Report: West Ham cancel potential £15m deadline day signing

Moussa Wague of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund at Camp Nou on November 27, 2019 in Barcelona,...

West Ham United are backing away from Barcelona's Moussa Wague.

Moussa Wague of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund at Camp Nou on November 27, 2019 in Barcelona,...

According to The Guardian (16:52), West Ham United have walked away from a deal for Barcelona defender Moussa Wague after learning a work permit would be difficult to obtain.

It's claimed that West Ham had set up a loan deal until the end of the season, with a permanent option worth €18million (£15million) included in the move.

However, the Hammers have allegedly learned that Wague wouldn't qualify for a work permit to play in England, so have now pulled the plug on a deal.

 

That leaves West Ham still looking for a new right back, and with the deadline moving ever closer, they're really in a race against time to solve a problem area.

Ryan Fredericks is injured, Pablo Zabaleta is ageing and out of contract this summer, whilst Jeremy Ngakia is a rookie and shouldn't have pressure piled on him.

Wague, 21, emerged in Belgium with KAS Eupen before earning a move to Barcelona B in 2018, having impressed for Senegal at the 2018 World Cup – even scoring against Japan.

Moussa Wague of Senegal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018...

He's now made six first-team appearances for Barca, but with Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo also at the club, the Catalan side were seemingly open to a loan-to-buy deal.

Wague's speed and potential would have made him a promising signing for West Ham, but that work permit issue has put paid to the Hammers' hopes of a deal – meaning they must now move on.

Moussa Wague of Barcelona controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Inter and FC Barcelona at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on December 10, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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