West Ham United have been dealt a setback in their bid to bring Jonathan David to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to Pete O’Rourke, with the journalist revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that the LOSC Lille centre-forward’s agent has claimed the 21-year-old looks unlikely to leave the Ligue 1 side in 2022, as well as stating his own belief that the Canada international will not be on the move in the winter market.
In his comments, O’Rourke said: “I think there’s going to be a big demand for Jonathan David, probably in the summer. I can’t see any move happening in this January transfer window. His agent has come out and said that he doesn’t expect him to leave Lille in 2022 and a lot of big clubs will be looking at Jonathan David.”
A previous claim made by ExWHUemployee revealed that David Moyes had identified the striker as one of his primary targets in the January transfer window, although the West Ham insider also stated his own belief that the Hammers move for David looked unlikely this winter.
Considering just how impressive David has been in France so far this season, the news that West Ham look unlikely to be able to seal a deal for the centre-forward this month is sure to have left many of the London Stadium faithful fuming.
Indeed, over his 19 Ligue 1 appearances in the current campaign, the £45m-rated man has already scored 12 goals and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the player who Hein Vanhaezebrouck dubbed a “phenomenon“ average a SofaScore match rating of 7.00, ranking him as Jocelyn Gourvennec’s sixth-best performer in the top flight of French football.
Aside from his remarkable league form, the Canadian has also bagged a further four goals over seven outings in the Champions League and the Coupe de France – taking his total haul for the current campaign to 16 goals in 27 appearances.
As such, it is clear for all to see that the £35k-per-week forward would undoubtedly make a fantastic addition to Michail Antonio in the West Ham attack, however, following O’Rourke’s recent update, a move for David now looks extremely unlikely to be on the cards this month – something that will certainly come as gutting news to both Moyes and fans of the club alike.