West Ham have seen a £16million loan-to-buy bid for Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou rejected by the French side but transfer talks are still ongoing, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim on their website that the Hammers offered the Ligue 1 outfit an initial £2million loan fee for their club captain, with an optional future clause worth a further £14million set to be included in the deal, but it was turned down as a result of the transfer option.
It is said that the side sitting 17th in France’s top flight are not keen to see their central stalwart depart for that fee, with the 24-year-old having made 23 appearances this season, missing just two league games.
The report states that talks over Amadou’s potential exit are set to extend into Wednesday, transfer deadline day, with the Hammers’ Premier League rivals Crystal Palace also having bid for his services.
Football Insider verdict
It appears as though the Hammers have tried to secure a quick deal for Amadou, with the loan deal an easier move to pull off than a full transfer. However, they may have to work through the night to come to an agreement with the French side if this one is going to go through. David Moyes has left it late to secure reinforcements in midfield and he is risking missing out entirely with just a day to go. If any deal is to take place, then Amadou’s seems the most likely, but those at the London Stadium may see a surprise or two come the shutting of the January window.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are set to offload a powerhouse to his former club after a bid was tabled for his signing.