By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have had a £2.3million bid rejected for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, according to the club’s president.
The versatile Canadian international, 33, is primarily a defensive midfielder, but can also cover both full-back positions.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman was unimpressed with the offer tabled by West Ham manager Slaven Bilic for Atiba, who has one year left on his contract.
“[Slaven] Bilic suggested three million euros [£2.3million] for Atiba,” Orman said, as quoted by the Mirror. “We rejected this proposal and thank him.”
Atiba has played across five different countries and has a wealth of experience in the Europa League with Besiktas, PSV Eindhoven and FC Copenhagen.
The 72-times-capped Canadian international played 43 times for Besiktas in the recently competed season.
Hutchinson’s Besiktas team mate Gokhan Tore is also a target for West Ham this summer, although that deal has hit a snag over Besiktas’ valuation of the winger.
Bilic worked with both Tore and Hutchinson when he managed Besiktas before moving to West Ham last summer.
The Irons have already moved quickly this summer to snap up Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli and Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Havard Nordvedt and will be looking to add more players to the squad.
In other West Ham news, West Ham have stepped up their efforts to sign Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri.