West Ham United have been dealt what is potentially a knock-out blow in their bid to bring Youssef En-Nesyri to the London Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by Spanish publication Marca (via Sport Witness), who claim that Julen Lopetegui must sell one of his star players at Sevilla in order to bring in his own targets in the summer transfer window.
One candidate for a summer sale is said to be Youssef En-Nesyri, with Marca referencing West Ham’s interest in the centre-forward as a potential way to raise funds for the La Liga side.
However, it is then claimed that the 24-year-old is not open to the idea of making a move to east London, as he believes that David Moyes’ side are a “second-row” Premier League club, and would much rather remain at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium ahead of next season.
Considering just how impressive En-Nesyri was for Sevilla last season, the fact that the striker appears to be firmly against the possibility of a switch to West Ham this summer is sure to have left fans of the club gutted.
Indeed, over his 38 LaLiga appearances last term, the £36m-rated man scored a whopping 18 goals and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots and making 0.4 key passes per game.
These returns saw the man Terry Gibson dubbed a “world-beater” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.98, ranking him as Lopetegui’s eighth-best performer in the top flight of Spanish football. In the process, he helped his side secure a highly impressive fourth-place finish in the league.
As such, with David Moyes in desperate need of attacking reinforcements at West Ham ahead of their upcoming Premier League campaign, the signing of the £49k-per-week man would appear to have been a very good move by the Hammers.
However, with the 24-year-old making it clear he is not in favour of a move to the club this summer, it would seem advisable for the 58-year-old West Ham boss to now turn his attention elsewhere in the summer transfer market.