West Ham have tonight confirmed they have been knocked back in a cheeky bid for West Brom’s Salomon Rondon.
However, they refuse to believe the move has collapsed completely and intend to continue pressing the Baggies.
They launched a £10 million bid plus fringe players but were knocked back by Albion despite new boss Slaven Bilic being resigned to losing the striker.
The Hammers were hoping they could capitalise on the confusion at Newcastle where Rondon was on loan last season where Rafa Benitez has parted company with the club after wanting to make the front man a permanent signing.
A highly placed Hammers source told ClaretandHugh the story as reported by the Daily Star at https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/787729/West-Ham-Salomon-Rondon-bid-transfer-news-latest was true and also confirmed that the club had offered Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill as part of the deal.
He added: “Rondon could be seen very much as back up to Arnie but the deal was rejected. We still believe we have a cent chance of getting the player. Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks”
The Hammers obviously believed their former boss Bilic would be willing to let Rondon leave as he would want to build his own team as the Baggies looked for promotion in the new season.