A deal between Leicester City and West Ham United for Islam Slimani did not materialise due to the Foxes refusal to do business with one member of the Irons board in particular, according to a report.
The Guardian details that the east Midlanders would not consider any offer from Hammers vice-chairman Karen Brady due to comments she made in her Sun column regarding the Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha handling of the Claudio Ranieri sacking – comments that she later apologised for and the matter was considered closed.
“The Leicester owner told him they’d sacked Claudio Ranieri,” Brady is quoted as writing in The Guardian.
“He then casually settled his bill for wine and champagne. Since the sum was close to £500,000 I guess the compensation to his old manager is pocket change. At least the owner can drown his sorrows in style!”
West Ham are in the midst of an injury crisis with a number of their first team attackers including Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, all sidelined and had targeted the Leicester striker in a bid to increase their options going forward.
And as the transfer deadline neared its end, it was thought that the Hammers along with Newcastle were both in the running for the Algerian forward’s signature.
But it now would look as though the Magpies became the more favourable option for Leicester.
Form has been on the up since David Moyes took charge of matters in east London and the club have now risen to 12th in the Premier League table – without defeat in their last six top-flight outings.
In other West Ham news, report details the Hammers paltry offer to snap up £17.5m rated international forward.