David Moyes has knocked back the chance to take Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira to West Ham, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hammers manager has been offered the Leeds United academy product, 21, as he looks to reinforce his midfield before next Friday’s transfer cut-off.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that co-owner David Sullivan has given Moyes the opportunity to sign Vieira from the Serie A club.
But the Scot has made it clear he does not want the £14m-valued central midfielder in this window.
West Ham have made it one of their priorities this month to recruit a midfielder to provide cover and competition for Declan Rice and Mark Noble.
But they have hit a series of stumbling blocks after failing to agree a fee for one of their multiple targets.
Bids have been submitted for the likes of Stoke City’s Joe Allen, Genk’s Sander Berge and Gedson Fernandes, who subsequently join Tottenham.
Vieira made his name at Leeds in the Championship after emerging from their ranks to play 71 times for them before moving to Italy in 2018 for around £7m.
Capped by England at Under-21 level, he is an athletic midfielder who has made 20 appearances for Sampdoria this season, including 16 Serie A starts.
West Ham will now have to turn their attention to alternative midfield targets as the end of the window approaches.
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