Report: West Ham priority transfer in the balance as they are told to up their bid
By Alex Taylor
West Ham have suffered a new setback in the transfer window after their £3million bid for midfield target Atiba Hutchinson was rejected, according to reports.
The Evening Standard claim that Besiktas have rebuffed the east London club’s offer as they hope to secure a bigger transfer fee for the 33-year-old.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman has admitted the Canada international wants to make the move to the Olympic Stadium but a deal is far from being agreed.
Orman told the Evening Standard: “I am going to have talks with Atiba Hutchinson, he has said he wants to move to England.
“West Ham made a €3.5million (£3million) offer but we want more for him. As I said we will decide his future after we hold talks.”
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The midfield enforcer has just one year left on his current deal and played for Bilic in both of the seasons when he was in charge at Besiktas.
The West Ham manager has gone public with his interest in signing Hutchinson as well as his Besiktas team-mate Gokhan Tore.
In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic’s side have agreed a deal to sign AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca for £25.6million.