By Matt Farr
West Ham have had a £3million bid for midfield sensation Robert Snodgrass knocked back, according to a report.
The Hull Daily Mail claim the Hammers have had an offer rejected for the Scotland international’s services, and that two other Premier League clubs are interested.
The Sky Sports website claims that the offer was worth £3 million, which has been swiftly rebuffed by the Premier League’s bottom-placed side.
Snodgrass is currently Hull’s top goalscorer this season, having netted nine goals from 21 appearances in all competitions, as well as contributing two assists.
However, West Ham’s initial attempts to land the 29-year-old have been unsuccessful, but they are expected to return with an improved offer.
The midfielder turned down the offer of a new deal at the club last month, raising doubts over his long-term future with the club. His contract is set to expire at the end of next season.
But if new Hull boss Marco Silva is going to be tempted into parting ways with his star performer, West Ham will need to come up with a much better offer.
The Hammers have been arguably the most active of any of their fellow Premier League sides in the opening week of the transfer window, having submitted bids for several different players.
Slaven Bilic is looking to reinforce his squad in a number of different areas this month, and while a striker remains a top priority for the Croatian boss, he also sees Snodgrass as a valuable potential asset.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham have clearly wasted no time at all in pursuing their January targets, but they may need to take a step back and re-consider their approach. They have made offers for several different players, and none have yet been deemed reasonable. The £3 million offer for Snodgrass – one of Hull’s best players, and on whom their survival hopes hinge – is laughable. They can attempt to negotiate a cut-price offer given he has little more than a year left on his contract, but they should be starting their negotiations much higher than they have. Hull aren’t going to take them seriously as it stands. They should think more carefully about how they value the player before submitting such an insulting offer, or else they risk missing out on his services completely. Seriously, why would Hull let Snodgrass go to a PL rival for just £3m?
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have been installed odds-on favourites to sign a Premier League midfield goal machine this month.