West Ham United have pulled the plug on a potential deal for Michy Batshuayi over the player’s wage demands, Football FanCast can reveal.
The club attempted to secure a loan deal for the striker before 11pm on Deadline Day as they attempt to bolster their attack.
However, sources have confirmed that the deal is dead in the water, such were Batshuayi’s demands.
The Belgium international wanted a basic salary of £170,000-per-week with the Hammers, which would have made him one of the club’s highest earners.
In addition to that, Chelsea demanded a £2million loan fee, while Batshuayi’s agent hoped to receive £1m for himself.
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West Ham have subsequently walked away from negotiations and will instead pursue other targets, though it remains to be seen if they will have the time to complete a deal before the window shuts.
FFC understands that Batshuayi was reticent to join the Hammers and had set his heart on a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but it appears that Spurs, too, have baulked at his wage demands.
The 25-year-old, who played for Belgium at the World Cup, has scored 19 goals in 53 games for Chelsea, per Transfermarkt, but has struggled to make a first-team breakthrough at the club.
He spent part of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund and also had a spell at Valencia this term, where he scored three times in 23 appearances.
Chelsea are understood, per sources, to be keen to offload Batshuayi on Thursday but they face a race against the clock to convince an interested party to meet their demands.