According to West Ham insider, ExWHUemployee, the East London outfit have been knocked back in their attempts to sign Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi – a deal is highly unlikely as the player has made it clear he doesn’t want to become a Hammer.
Bathusayi very unlikely player doesn’t want to come and has made it clear very early. So unless a change of heart (and demands) then that deal is now unlikely. Thankfully Dave Walker has an exclusive signing on football manager for us to discuss on our transfer special tonight
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 31, 2019
West Ham have surely been preparing contingency plans this month amid interest in star striker Marko Arnautovic – the club rejected a £35m bid from Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG earlier in the window (per BBC Sport) – but have yet to sign a new hitman.
The Irons, though, are close to signing Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez for a whopping £43.3m (per Sky Sports), but the Uruguayan would be loaned straight back to the La Liga outfit, meaning Manuel Pellegrini is still short of quality up front for now.
A move for Batshuayi, therefore, made sense as the Hammers look to finish the season strongly – Sky Sports reported earlier today that Chelsea had agreed a loan deal in principle with West Ham but the player doesn’t seem too keen.
Having tried to sign the Belgian forward while he was still at Marseille in 2016 (according to The Guardian), the London Stadium outfit were surely elated that they were being given the chance to sign their long-term target – the 25-year-old clearly has other plans though. Gutting.
Here’s how the West Ham faithful reacted to the news on Twitter…
So we’ve spent all day trying to sign someone that didn’t want to join us instead of signing a cb or cm
— Rob2018 (@Westham2018) January 31, 2019
Can’t blame these blokes for rejecting us. Its common knowledge that the club is a circus. We struggle to keep the players happy we have already let alone attract new onds
— Rob⚒️ (@RomCoolAirCon) January 31, 2019
Why do they keep bothering with that dude. It’s like the 3rd time he has told Gold and Sullivan he doesn’t want to play for us. Maybe they should call Carlos Bacca again. ?♂️
— Glenn Mingay (@gmingay) January 31, 2019
Im sure that’s like two windows now wasted on him? I think he uses us to feel wanted…just to drop us like a side chick wanting more from the relationship!
— David Carter (@DavidCa49677735) January 31, 2019
Is this the third time Batshuayi has rejected us? Forget him….
— tony pearce (@teepee61) January 31, 2019
— West Ham Stats (@TheWestHamVault) January 31, 2019
Probably seen the state we are in as moment so can’t blame him. Thanks Arnie
— ⚒⚒ Jonathan Evans ⚒⚒ (@HighwaymanX) January 31, 2019
Honestly the geezers absolutely useless anyway
— jh⚒ (@joeharris06) January 31, 2019