West Ham have given up their hopes of signing Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney this summer, according to a report.
Reliable Hammers news website Claret and Hugh has claimed that they have made contact to try sign the 27-year-old from Championship play-off winners Fulham, but they are refusing to offload him.
It is understood that Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini approved of an attempt ti sign the English deep-lying playmaker, but the £40,000-a-week ace looks like playing Premier League football at Craven Cottage next season.
Football Insider verdict:
It looks like Cairney won’t be making a move to the London Stadium this summer and that should disappoint West Ham supporters. The Hammers are in desperate need of a midfield creator in the centre of the park to blend alongside the likes of Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang or Cheikhou Kouyate. Cairney ticked a lot of boxes for West Ham given his quality in possession and his influence in the final third. He has proven himself to a be a top talent in recent years and fully deserves his opportunity to shine at Premier League level. The central midfielder has become a goalscoring option for Fulham and the left-footed maestro wouldn’t look out of place at the London Stadium. The only saving grace for West Ham is that they could perhaps now turn their attention to somebody with more experience in the top flight and all eyes will turn onto manager Pellegrini.
In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.