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Hammers See Transfer Deal Collapse

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West Ham United have withdrawn from negotiations to sign Girona star Aleix Garcia, leaving the way clear for Bayer Leverkusen, according to breaking reports. Garcia was understood to be new head coach Julen Lopetegui’s main transfer target, and the Hammers had been willing to match or beat any salary offer made by the Germans.

However, it is now being reported that West Ham have been unable to meet Girona’s asking price for the player and have moved on to other targets more suited to the club budget . . . quite a turnaround!

Whether Hammers director of football Tim Steidten remaining in Brazil to close other transfers played any part is not yet known. Steidten stayed in South America while winger Luis Guilherme flew to the UK to complete his transfer to West Ham, where he is believed to have signed terms today.

While Steidten is prioritising the purchase of central defenders in Brazil, he may now have to look closely at midfielders following the collapse of the Garcia deal. Let’s just hope the loss of his main target won’t have inconvenienced Lopetegui too much.

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  • Phil Baker says:

    Moyes has left Westham with a tired , old , broken squad having wasted 100;s of millions on the wrong players . Consequently , Westham have about 100 million to buy 8 players which is about 12 million each . Westham have to start the season with a squad of 25 decent players or face a relegation battle . It’s bargain basement buying for Westham , so hope Lopetegui doesn’t; walk in disgust again .

    • John Ayris says:

      There will be sales, some already done like Benrahma and Kehrer. Also payments for incoming players will be in instalments not all up front. So not as bad as you imply, but yes when there’s numbers to come in large sums of money don’t go terribly far.

      • Malcolm says:

        West Ham have the opportunity to begin a new intelligent culture based on clever clubs llike Brighton, Girona and Bayer Leverkusen, spending big money to buy misfits is not the future for second level clubs. The old english way is the recipe for failure.

    • Charlie Farley says:

      I despair for you, Phil. The tired, old, broken squad won a European trophy this time last year. We lost Rice and gained Kudus, Mavropanos Ward-Prowse and Alvarez into a team that went on to finish 9th and reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup and Europa League. Several players will be sold, Ogbonna has left at the end of his contract, Cresswell has signed for another year as cover and I suspect that Antonio might do the same. The players coming in will be better than those leaving if J Lo and Steidten work well together as I suspect they are. There are bargains to be had everywhere and for most clubs it’s the same – that’s the current market. There won’t be a relegation battle next season. The new West Ham kit will be released soon – I suspect you’ll have a good moan about that too?

      • Gary.whitford says:

        And yet we conceded the most goals last season than in our top tier history

        • Declan Rice says:

          Gary you old bean, Charlie Farley is quite right. Some armchair fans will never stop moaning and complaining, it’s what gets them through the day.

      • Huw says:

        Damnations Charlie farley! When will you yield to the known truth.

      • John Prime says:

        Ditto Charlie,

        Some folk don’t half type some tripe

  • JOHN says:

    same player you said was nailed on to join!!! LOL

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Is this info legit Gonzo ? Not seen it reported anywhere else, tbh why would a player give up CL football playing in an exciting style to join a mid table team with a lot to do to get back into European contention ? So not disputing us pulling out or the player turning us down just curious if it was about money or ambition and if it was. about money how come we can’t afford the deal ?

  • Bennyboy baker says:

    With the amount of players we have for sale we should be able to afford him or any other player we are not a poor club and if we truly want to get back into Europe then we have to spend money on quality players so let’s see if the owners are willing to back the manager or not

  • Chris Hannant says:

    That’s not THE Johnny Ayris? 😊

  • My left foot says:

    Not quite a turnaround seeing as we only enquired about the player, no formal bid was made by West Ham

  • Morty says:

    It seems unlikely to me. Who would chase a player without finding out the asking price first?

    • David McEuen says:

      I dont know, Morty. I went into Sainsburys earlier, bought a sandwich and then found out how much it was afterwards

      • De says:

        Dave you obviously hadn’t purchased the Sandwich, you had put feelers out yes, told everyone you were buying the sandwich yes, but then mysteriously the deal for the sandwich collapsed, I’m sure the price being touted for the sandwich was well within your budget, hmm? more investigation needed I think. er? what kind of sandwich was it? Who else was in the running for the sandwich? I need more details.

  • elduder says:

    the tweet that brought this news is the following from plettenberg, poor form gonzo, you should include it

    “Understand that West Ham is definitely out of the race for Aleix García and it was never concrete. No chance to hijack the deal.

    Leverkusen on the verge to finalize the deal as revealed!”

    this doesn’t add up if you ask me, why would lopetegui profess his love for garcia in the press? that seems more like a commitment issue to the player than the club

    also 16m euro transfer isn’t too much for west ham, that’s clearly an invention by either gonzo or the rag he is quoting without any critical thinking

  • Tony Bonds says:

    Sullivan and Brady strike again!!!

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