West Ham United were reportedly knocked back by Lorient winger Alexis Claude-Maurice following their approach earlier this summer.
The Hammers had been linked with the Frenchman, and according to Le Telegramme, as translated by Sport Witness, a sizable bid was made.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team are believed to have put an offer worth €15 million on the table for Claude-Maurice, and Lorient were left ‘satisfied’ with the financial terms of this deal.
However, the player himself was reportedly reluctant to complete the switch to the London Stadium because of concerns regarding the regularity of game time he would receive.
Claude Maurice is said to be keen to manage his step up from the second tier of French football to an elite league carefully, and is, therefore, exploring other alternatives despite his apparent desire to play in England.
Borussia Monchengladbach are understood to be potential suitors for the wide player, but they may need to up their opening €8 million bid for the youngster, which was rejected.
Wingers who West Ham could target this summer
Cornet had a good season with Lyon. The dynamic wide man would be a solid addition to the West Ham squad.
Malcom could leave Barcelona this summer if he does not receive assurances over his playing time. He would be a shrewd signing – either on loan or permanently – for West Ham.
Bamba was a part of the excellent Lille side that finished second in Ligue 1 last season. The France Under-21 international has a big future ahead of him.
Bailey has struggled to live up to earlier expectations at Bayer Leverkusen. However, he has bags of talent, and could yet become a top-class winger.
Sarr is rather an enigma at the moment, but he has the potential to be special. The Rennes star could be a player who is worth taking a risk on.