The Yorkshire Evening Post report that a deal struck with Doncaster to bring promising twins Jack and Paul McKay to the Boleyn Ground has been hijacked by Rovers’ local rivals, Leeds United.
The 19-year-old Glaswegians have been tipped for a successful future, and this sparked interest from the Irons.
West Ham reportedly formed an agreement with Doncaster to bring the youngsters to London, so the double move seemed inevitable, but Phil Hay of the YEP reported on Monday evening that the pair had each signed two-and-a-half year deals at Elland Road.
The sons of agent Willie McKay, the twins play at either end of the field and each have senior appearances to their name.
Paul, who plays predominantly at centre back, faced Burton Albion in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season, whilst striker Jack has started for the Doncaster first team, taking on Notts County in League One action during the last campaign.
Although the McKay twins are raw prospects and only regarded as potential players for the future by Leeds, losing out to Championship opposition, despite an agreement apparently being in place, is a bitter pill to swallow for the Hammers.
If West Ham are going to be amongst the top names in English football year on year, their ability to pull in the best young talent is vital.