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Irons miss out on £70m striker

By Dave Langton

West Ham have missed out on the signing of Patrick Schick from Bayer Leverkusen after being quoted £70m for the Czech Republic international, C&H can reveal.

The Hammers have been chasing a new striker throughout the transfer window and attempted to bring the Bundesliga star to east London.

Discussions were held with Leverkusen over a potential move to sign Schick but sources have told ClaretandHugh that the club were holding out for a fee of £70m, which meant talks ground to a halt.

Leverkusen, indeed, had no desire to part with one of their star names midway through the season, a common problem when it comes to the January transfer window.

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The 26-year-old caught the world’s attention at Euro 2020 by scoring an audacious goal against Scotland from the halfway line, and he has carried that form into this season.

He has scored 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga games, with Leverkusen currently third in the table.

Boss David Moyes remains on the lookout for a new centre-forward before the deadline.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Irons miss out on £70m striker

  1. £70 million is roughly our entire 2022 transfer budget under Financial Fair Play rules?

  2. £70 million we were never paying that for one player if you believe that to be the case….. you’re dreaming!
    Let’s be honest not sure who DM wants to strengthen his squad the only suckers in this story are our fans, relying on Antonio and Bowen will cost us 3 or 4 places at the end of the season as teams will work them out, we have 36 hours to sign a striker there will lots of smoke and mirrors and we won’t get anyone.

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