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Hammers set to miss out in window again

West Ham are believed to have finally missed out on signing Croatian central defender Duje Caleta-Car.

The Hammers have been chasing the player for several weeks and are likely to continue doing so up until the end of the window.

But Claretandhugh’s information from both sides of the deal is that Marseille are unwilling to do a loan to buy option and continue to insist on a £15 million permanent deal.

The Hammers have made it clear they have no interest in such a deal at this point and want to take a look at the player over the remainder of the season.

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We are planning to pursue things until the end of the window but but Marseille sources insist no deal other than a permanent switch is considered suitable.

And is that turns out to be the case there will be no move for Issa Diop who would be allowed to leave were a suitable offer to come in once a new central defender has been drafted in

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10 comments on “Hammers set to miss out in window again

  1. £15 million does not seem unreasonable to me why not just pay it and get I done .

  2. Hugh. Can you please sort out the writing down the side of the pictures. Totally unreadable.

  3. I sometimes wonder why we report on all this transfer speculation, as a supporter enjoying our journey, why do we bother looking a players in the winter transfer window, lots of speculation then high hopes then nothing. We all know we need 2 positions filled speculation from 5 mill to 60 mill and none of them good enough for Moysie! (Or add value to the squad) if they aren’t good enough to buy/loan now why will they be good enough in 4 months? The money is there spend on the positions you need and be done with it!!
    I have confidence in DM but it is a results driven job and you can only get so much out of a player, other clubs are strengthening their squads we appear to constantly looking at doing something but fall flat

  4. I could see why Moyes would want him. Creation international and good mates with Nicola Vlasic. Commanding presence, six foot four, good age for a defender 25. Can play left or right centre back positions, normally on the left I think. He Speaks really good English. Good enough to play in premier league and speaks good English.

  5. Seems bonkers! If he’s not worth 15 mill why are we bothering? If he is, then pay it! Surely we want him or we don’t? It’s just the price – 15m for Premier League?

  6. Has the Caleta-Car story got any legs Hugh? What’s the scoop?

    • There must be some doubt hence going for a loan. Kral is on loan and will we sign on permanent deal? Unlikely so why waste money after the Karmalenko experience.

  7. Doh ignore that still waking up.

  8. I think WH are mostly going for loans and a clause to buy as this evades an enormous immediate cash outlay. Also it takes a genious to state that any player would fit right in having only watched him in another team. Better a loan deal.

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