West Ham’s interest in Kostas Fortounis could be over after running into problems with his current club Olympiacos.
A report in today’s Daily Star says that the Hammers’ talks with the Greek side have come to a standstill over the fee being demanded for the 26-year-old.
The attacking midfielder is said to be worth around £15 million, however, with only one year left on his current contract, West Ham were looking to sign him at a discounted price.
Those hopes seem to have been dashed, though, after Olympiacos refused to lower their asking price and the London club are unwilling to pay that much.
West Ham were alerted to Fortounis last season after he scored 17 and assisted 16 more in all competitions.
A club scout was sent to watch him play for his country over the weekend when Fotrounis played the full match as Greece hosted Italy, but this news is likely to mean it was a wasted trip.
The report also suggests that the Olympiacos captain would prefer to sign a new contract and remain at the Karaiskakis Stadium, further reducing West Ham’s chances of landing their target.
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23-year-old Fornals currently plays for Villarreal and has been linked with West Ham in recent days. The Spanish side want €27 million for him, which may price the Hammers out of a move.
AC Ajaccio’s Abanda has been linked with West Ham and Crystal Palace. The youngster could be a good option for Manuel Pellegrini if he is looking to save money for other targets.
With nine goals and three assists for Girona in La Liga last season, Portu is a player who will have plenty of interest this summer. The Spaniard can also play out wide or as a second striker.
Eyibil only has one-year left on his contract with Mainz and could be a player West Ham attempt to snap up on the cheap. He has been tipped for a bright future, and directly contributed to 20 goals in 19 games for Mainz U19’s last season.
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