West Ham may have suffered a potential setback in their pursuit of Fenerbahce defender Hasan Ali Kaldirim, with reports suggesting he is hoping to stay in Turkey this summer.

According to Sport Witness via Turkish outlet DHA, Kaldirim has told those close to him of his desire to stay at Fenerbahce despite representatives from West Ham preparing to fly to Turkey to meet the defender and agree a deal this week.

Chris McGrath/Getty Images Sport

The Hammers have reportedly met the full-back’s €5million release clause and were hoping to have the transfer finalised following the international break, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to continue his summer overhaul.

However Kaldirim now appears to be looking to stay with the Turkish Super Lig side and is hoping to extend his contract with the club, with his current deal set to expire next summer. 

The 29-year-old helped Turkey to a surprise 2-0 victory over World Cup champions France last weekend, as they made it three wins from three in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. 

Four more players West Ham have been linked with