West Ham United look set to miss out on their transfer target Javier Pastore who will instead join AS Roma, according to Calcio Mercato.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has been linked with a West Ham move although it appeared his high wage demands were a sticking point in the contract talks.
However, the Italian news outlet reports that the 28-year-old Argentine is set to sign for AS Roma for around £16.25million and a medical is expected to take place soon.
PSG are being closely watched by UEFA with regards to their transfer spending and financial fair play, so offloading high-earners like Pastore makes sense for the French club.
Pastore only started 14 Ligue 1 games for PSG last season but still managed to score four goals and assist five for the French champions.
West Ham fans are understandably frustrated about their club missing out on a big-name player, but others are more philosophical about not signing a player who has struggled with injuries.
It’s a shame because it was an opportunity to sign a player above the level that we usually shop at.
— FromnearMoscow (@FromnearM) June 18, 2018
Javier Pastore seems as though he is off to Roma.
Not too fussed about that one tbh, bloke seems like he’s just money motivated.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) June 18, 2018
Personally I’d have loved to have seen Pastore in a West Ham shirt but I wouldn’t be sad if he didn’t join due to the 2 serious potential drawbacks….the first is that it could destroy the wage structure, the second is his worrying injury history. #OnToTheNextOne #COYI ⚒
— ⚒️HammerandTalk⚒️ (@hammerandtalk) June 19, 2018
Javier Pastore is close to joining AS Roma.
Now before I get a West Ham meltdown in my mentions please consider this…
No.1 – he said from day one, he wants to return to italy
No.2 – if he was to join West Ham it would only have been financially motivated
Not for me. 👎
— Club de West Ham (@ClubdeWestHam) June 18, 2018
Now get Wilshire
— hammerhead (@larryberyl) June 18, 2018
He never wanted to play for us, plus his injury record, maybe we dodged a bullet here. Time to seal Anderson deal
— Wolf Nine (@Wolf_Nine9) June 18, 2018
— DN??⚒? (@DNXN90) June 19, 2018