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Chances of signing young striker slipping away

FC Basel’s progress in the Champions League qualifiers has made West Ham’s task of signing Albian Ajeti ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline a very difficult quest.

West Ham, alongside West Brom and Brentford, are attempting to sign the striker the 22-year-old striker this week.

The striker netted a goal away at PSV Eindhoven as the Swiss side beat the Dutch giants on goal difference to progress further in the Champions League.

With Basel in with a chance of playing in the Champions League group stage, it seems increasingly unlikely that Ajeti will take a decision to leave before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Champions League group stage football would also give Basel a massive financial boost way beyond the transfer fee they could receive.

Basel are due to face Lask in the first leg of the third qualifying round tomorrow night at 7 pm local time so it will be interesting to see if the striker is in the starting lineup.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Chances of signing young striker slipping away

  1. Sounds like it is time for plan B on the striker front but what we really need is a good young DM, if Rice gets injured we will e in trouble

  2. In all fairness Sean I think that’s a generous way of saying we aren’t prepared to pay for him, West Brom have had a bid accepted for the player, he has zero chance of winning the the CL if we match the accepted bid we will get to speak with him. The chairmen if they want him will be required to find the money. I can’t see how a few million will tip the balance towards a fine under ffp rules and we could sell Hernandez to raise the requisite amount also if required. I think like all watching we can see Hernandez couldn’t care less about playing for us so we should get rid and have someone that is at least ambitious to succeed with us in the squad.

  3. Risky not signing another CDM we are very short there and in trouble with an injury . Still time to do a quick deal somewhere Husillos will surely of scouted players in that position. I agree with West Ham fan 32 we didn’t want to pay the required money for Ajeti . He would come to us in a heartbeat if we offered the money . CL no chance of Basel going far so probably not even in his mind . COYI ⚒

  4. All good points from Claret, 32 and mark w. Ajeti may be a fine young striker and I’d be delighted if we sign him and say ‘Adios’ to Hernandez at the same time – his wallet is obviously slowing him down these days. However, if the photo of Ajeti is accurate, he looks a bit too much like a young, chopsy Joey Barton for me … COYI

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