West Ham target Steven N’zonzi is heading to France after agreeing terms with Rennes, Football Insider has learned.
The Roma midfielder is set to cut short his loan spell at Galatasaray this month and return to his homeland.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club had held extensive talks over a deal for N’zonzi, 31, but their pursuit has now collapsed.
The France World Cup winner is set to join Rennes on an initial loan for the rest of the season.
West Ham had also been working on a similar deal as manager David Moyes felt N’Zonzi had the power, athleticism and Premier League experience to bolster his flagging midfield.
But he is now set for the French league’s third-placed team and West Have moved quickly for one of their alternative targets, Tomas Soucek.
The Hammers have agreed to sign the Slavia Prague goalscoring midfielder in a £17million deal and it is set to be completed ahead of Friday’s transfer cut-off.
As reported by Football Insider, the club will not stop there in terms of mid-season reinforcements and are also working to recruit a striker and right-back this week.
The Londoners have been criticised in some quarters – including by a considerable section of their fanbase – for what appears a scattergun approach to the transfer market.
Many of Manuel Pellegrini’s targets from last month, as well as some from the start of this window, have been abandoned.