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Nunez deal “is dead”

West Ham have seen a bid rejected for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

The Hammers have confirmed to Claretandhugh that Benfica have told the player will not be leaving the club in this winter and in a comment to the site a top hammers insider declared; The deal is now dead!”

Jacob Steinberg has also confirmed the new is a  live blog on deadline day (13:02) and has claimed that the Portuguese club have knocked back an offer worth £50m.

It would have been a club-record deal for the Hammers but Benfica are not said to be of any kind of mind to sell the Uruguay international, who is developing at a rapid pace.

Nunez is 22 and has already won seven caps for his country, scoring twice, while making 69 appearances for Benfica and scoring 34 goals.

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The Hammers had been hopeful of striking a deal to sign the striker in order to bolster David Moyes’ squad have been met with disappointment.

Benfica could well look to cash in on Nunez in the summer, but they do not want to move him out of the club on deadline day.

It remains to be seen if the Hammers look to launch a separate bid for another striker.

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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.

5 comments on “Nunez deal “is dead”

  1. Great window West Ham very poor Moyes & co shocking leaving everything until the last minute . I’m not impressed we are shocking !

    • Absolute joke of a club, 5 months + between transfer windows to identify transfer targets & what we got ……..Nothing
      We bring in Newman from City who in the past for city has got Silva , Dias , Gundogan , Cancelo + more & none of his recommendations are good enough for Moyes………..
      Our season has just ended here….. no top 4 finish & even Europa league qulification looking doubtfull unless we actually win it & now the real possibility of losing Dec & Bowen in the summer transfer window……..well done Moyes

  2. Sorry but this transfer window is a complete and utter shambles.Moyes must take the blame . Leaving it this late -its amateurish. No striker -no centre half. Goodbye top 4 -Fa cup -europa league. Then Rice and Probably Bowen-and who would blame them. Disgusted.

  3. I just don’t think Moyes has belief in his own ability to judge talent. Don’t see the point in having bothered getting Rob Newman in if dithering Dave is still making decisions. Not sure Rob will want to put up with that sort of transfer nonsense, so can see him leaving in the near future. My real issue with Moyes is the notion that the player coming in has to be better than what he’s got. No Dave, they have to be better than your current back ups. As it stands, neither Baptiste or Alese are ready to start significant games, and we don’t even have a true back up to Antonio.

    And yet they still may surprise us…

    Syd,
    Hopetown (it’s where I’m staying for now)

  4. As well as we have done the past two seasons this for me has cast a lingering doubt about Moyes.
    Maybe after the transfer window ends that comment will come back and bite me in the backside.
    I hope so!

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