West Ham approached Everton with an enquiry about Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the closing stages of the January transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.
Daily Mail reporter Dominic King claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that West Ham and Huddersfield had asked about signing Calvert-Lewin, 20, on loan for the rest of the season, but Everton were quick to reject their last-minute advances.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was one of the 5 players in last night’s squad who Sam Allardyce said had been the subject of loan bids. Huddersfield and West Ham both enquired, both instantly rejected ????
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) February 1, 2018
Calvert-Lewin made the bench for the 2-1 win against Leicester on Wednesday night, appearing for the final six minutes.
The England Under-21 international has made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees this season, scoring seven goals in the process.
West Ham did manage to sign an attacker before the deadline slammed shut as Jordan Hugill arrived from Preston for a fee widely reported to be £8million.
However fans did not react at all well to David Moyes snapping up a Championship striker with themselves likely to be battling against relegation for most of the season.
Football Insider verdict
It would have been a very strange signing for West Ham to have snapped up Calvert-Lewin. Would he have been an improvement on what Moyes already has? That is unlikely as the 20-year-old has proven this season that he is not completely up to speed yet. Everton do need to send the attacker out on loan though at some point. He was unfairly used to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku after a poor summer transfer window and has had a bit of stick for his performances. A solid season with a top Championship club or lower-end Premier League side could see this bright young talent thrusted into the England national team.