West Ham fail in attempted hijack of Tottenham target - report
By Tom Blackburn
West Ham have failed in an attempt to sign Vincent Janssen as he prepares to sign for Tottenham, according to a report.
Football Insider revealed on Sunday night that the north London club are confident of finalising the transfer within days.
Dutch publication De Telegraaf has subsequently claimed the 22-year-old striker has received offers from West Ham and French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s rejected them both in favour of pushing through a move to White Hart Lane.
The Hammers are in the hunt for A-list players as they target Champions League football ahead of their move into the Olympic Stadium.
They have made a series of significant bids for the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette, Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie but have been unable to push through a major deal beyond the free transfers of Sofiane Feghouli and Harvard Nortdveit.
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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has sanctioned a new £16.5million bid for Janssen to meet the asking price of AZ Alkmaar.
This will be a huge boost to manager Mauricio Pochettino after the club lost out of to Chelsea in their pursuit of Batshuayi, with the striker completing a £33million transfer on Sunday.
Janssen will cost half of Batshuayi but was the top scorer in the Dutch League this season with a virtual goal-a-game haul of 27 goals in 34 games. In all competitions, he struck 32 times in 49 matches.
Tottenham have seen off late interest in Janssen from PSG to land the 21-year-old after tabling a series of bids in recent weeks.
A fourth offer of £16.5million will seal the transfer after Spurs’ most recent offer of £15million was rejected by AZ.
In other West Ham news, they are braced for a bid from Arsenal for their 22-year-old.