West Ham have no intention of paying £12million for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters, Football Insider understands.
The Hammers have been linked with hijacking Southampton’s bid to prise the right-back from Spurs this window.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club are in the market for a new right-back and have been made aware of Walker-Peters’ availability.
But they will not be paying the £12m Spurs are said to want for their 23-year-old academy product.
That is out of the price range of the cash-conscious Hammers, who need to sell to buy this summer despite escaping Premier League relegation.
Manager David Moyes will have to offload senior stars to bring in cheaper replacements, with the possibility of Felipe Anderson leaving accelerating after Football Insider revealed he has jetted out to Italy for transfer talks.
Walker-Peters spent the second half of this season on loan at Southampton after slipping down the Tottenham pecking order.
He appeared to burn some bridges with a thinly-veiled dig at Jose Mourinho in March for the way he froze him out at Hotspur Way before his move.
Walker-Peters used an interview with the official Southampton website to resoundingly hail Mauricio Pochettino’s methods while bemoaning Mourinho for ignoring him and preferring Serge Aurier.
The asking price has now dropped following the pandemic even though the defender started six of the Saints’ last seven league matches of the season.
In other news, it can be REVEALED that a West Ham star has jetted out to Italy for talks over a big-money transfer.