David Gold and David Sullivan’s floundering efforts in the transfer market proved costly on Deadline Day after Bayer Leverkusen pulled out of negotiations to sell Jonathan Tah to West Ham United.
According to Football Insider, Leverkusen have informed the Irons that they will no longer entertain the idea of selling Tah this summer as the east London outfit’s approach came too late in the window for Peter Bosz’s side to land a replacement.
Tah had emerged as David Moyes’ top defensive target entering the final hours of the summer window, following a campaign featuring seven clean sheets in 25 Bundesliga appearances last season.
The 24-year-old has only featured for 32 minutes across all competitions this term, with Bosz only opting to name the Hamburger SV product on the bench in each of his side’s fixtures to date.
West Ham were thought to have made great strides toward signing Tah on Sunday with reports stating that the Irons were leading the chase for his signature, but no progress could be made toward meeting Leverkusen’s £30million asking price in time.
Germany’s summer transfer window closes earlier than England’s with the market slamming shut for Bundesliga outfits at 17:00 compared to the Premier League’s 23:00 deadline.
West Ham have spent all summer courting new centre-backs for Moyes to tackle the 2020/21 season with, but found themselves in a position where efforts were being made to land Tah in the final days after seeing target after target snub the Irons and clubs refuse the Hammers’ insufficient offers.
Burnley were the recipient of a £30m approach for James Tarkowski last month despite previously turning down a lower offer and informing Gold and Sullivan that it would take as much as £50m for the Turf Moor natives to part with the 27-year-old.
Olympique de Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car also turned down a move to the London Stadium, where he could have earnt £150,000-per-week, as he intended to remain in Ligue 1 as his side will be competing in the Champions League.
Those floundering efforts ultimately led GSB to approach Leverkusen for Tah, but the eleventh-hour nature of the negotiations were always going to cause difficulties in bringing the 24-year-old to England.
A deal would have been a great coup for GSB had they managed to get one across the line, as Tah has long been heralded in Germany for his talents having established himself as the bedrock of Leverkusen’s squad at just 22 and one who drew comparisons with Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng.
Instead, Gold and Sullivan now risk failing to strengthen the core of Moyes’ defence unless they are able to land yet another one of their targets, with reports suggesting Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger remains a target despite his intentions to compete in Europe this season.