West Ham United missed out on the opportunity to sign Jordan Lukaku from Lazio this summer, according to reports.
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, relayed via Sport Witness, reports that West Ham did not want to match Lazio’s asking price.
Lukaku was keen on moving away from Lazio but did not manage to get himself a move.
West Ham unwilling to pay €10m
The Hammers were in talks over a potential double deal for Felipe Anderson and Lukaku but Lazio’s asking price of €70m was a stumbling block.
Lukaku on his own was priced at €10m and this report claims that ‘not even West Ham’ were willing to spend that on the left-back.
West Ham and other clubs dropped their interest in Lukaku due to Lazio’s demands.
The Belgium international is the younger brother of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku; a regular tormentor of West Ham.
While Romelu plays as a centre-forward, Jordan’s position is left-back.
After starting his career at Anderlecht, Lukaku spent three years with Oostende before moving to Lazio in 2016.
This was after he featured in the European Championships for his country. The Belgian defender now has seven caps to his name.
But since moving to Italy, Lukaku has struggled with knee injuries and managed to start just 10 games last season. He appeared a further 20 times from the substitutes’ bench.
The 24-year-old was actively seeking a way out of Lazio in the summer to get regular game time elsewhere, but failed to secure a move.
Upgrade on current options?
West Ham have had their difficulties at left-back, where Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku compete for starts.
Cresswell has been criticised for under-performing over the last two seasons and his cynical attempt at a trip on Adama Traore allowed the Wolves winger to score a 93rd minute winner at The London Stadium.
Masuaku, on the other hand, has lit up East London with some scintillating attacking play and sublime skill.
But his defensive contributions have often been questioned. The arrival of Lukaku could have paved the way for him to develop into an out-and-out winger.
Worrying injury record
Lukaku’s time in Italy has been blighted by injury woes. Due to his persistent niggles, Lazio preferred to use him as an impact substitute.
These ongoing concerns ultimately cost Lukaku his spot in the Belgium squad for the World Cup.
If he can prove that he has overcome his injuries, he may have been a useful signing for West Ham.
But Lukaku is currently out injured with knee ligament issues and this has vindicated the decision to refuse to spend €10m on him this summer.