By Alex Taylor
West Ham’s possible move to sign Robin van Persie from Turkish side Fenerbache could be scuppered by the striker’s salary demands, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers have held preliminary discussions about a move for Van Persie
But the 32-year-old is on a large salary and the Hammers may not be willing to make such a considerable investment in a player nearing the end of his career.
The two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner scored 22 goals in 48 appearances in the 2015-16 season as well as providing two assists in all competitions.
Van Persie is regarded as one of the outstanding forwards in Premier League history for his prolific eight years at Arsenal that was followed by an impressive three-year spell at Manchester United.
The Hammers would have been hoping to secure the signing after failing in an attempt to lure Vincent Janssen to the Olympic Stadium.
The forward still has two years left on his current deal in Turkey and rumours that Fenerbache would be terminating the Holland international’s contract have since been dispelled by the club.
A move to the Olympic Stadium would see the striker link up with Andy Carroll, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho in an attacking force that helped the Hammers score 65 goals this season, guiding them into a seventh placed finish in the Premier League.