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.

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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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