By Will Butcher
Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie looks to be staying with Fenerbahce against his will, according to a report.
As reported by The Sun, van Persie has been attracting the interest of West Ham who were willing to pay the £4million required to bring the 101-time capped Holland international to England.
Van Persie, who signed with the Turkish giants from Manchester United last summer, scored 22 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions this season.
However, Turkish newspaper Milliyet claim that because of Nani’s move to Valencia on Tuesday, Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira is unwilling to allow another marquee player to leave the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
The 32-year-old is keen to move away from Turkey, as he and his family have struggled to settle in to their new environment, but Pereira wants to put his foot down and send a message to suitors.
Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is desperate to bring in a new striker with Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia both linked with moves away from West Ham and only Andy Carroll a certainty to stay.
The Croatian has already failed to lure Chelsea’s new signing Michy Batshuayi and Tottenham target Vincent Janssen to the Olympic Stadium, whilst Arsenal are in pole position to bring in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Carlos Tevez also rejected a sensational return to East London, after it was claimed that he wages worth £250,000 a week. The Hammers were only willing to go as high as £150,000-a-week.
Van Persie has a fantastic goalscoring pedigree in England, with 144 goals in 280 games for both Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, it seems that van Persie won’t be returning, unless Fenerbahce can bring in a replacement. The Yellow Canaries are under no pressure to sell, with two years still remaining on van Persie’s contract.
In other West Ham news, Bilic is desperate to keep hold of his star man.