West Ham fear Daniel Levy will put the block on their hopes of signing Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama, Football Insider understands.
Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos are admirers of Wanyama and believe he would be a quality addition to their ranks this summer.
But a West Ham source has told Football Insider they are worried their frosty relationship with the Spurs board and chairman Levy will put paid to any attempts to sign the Kenya international.
The clubs have struggled to work together on transfers in the past, with Levy infamously pulling the plug on the east Londoners’ attempts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor after a deal had been agreed in August 2015.
Wanyama is likely to be made available for sale by Spurs this summer after two injury-ravaged seasons have pushed him down their midfield pecking order.
He was a key man in his first season at the club in 2016-17, when he was the regular partner for Mousa Dembele as the team finished second in the Premier League.
But the former Southampton player missed a big chunk of last season due to a knee injury and has subsequently struggled to win back his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side amid competition from Harry Winks, Eric Dier and the re-born Moussa Sissoko.
The 27-year-old has made just 13 appearances this season and has started only two league matches.