West Ham United have allegedly had a club record £60 million bid for Benfica centre-forward Darwin Nunez rejected.

That’s according to a report from The Evening Standard who claims that the Hammers were prepared to splash some serious cash on the Uruguayan hitman on deadline day.

West Ham boss David Moyes desperately needs to add a top-class striker to his ranks at the London Stadium before the transfer window slams shut.

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Michail Antonio is our only option through the middle and it’s unfair to put so much pressure on the 31-year-old to produce the goods week in, week out.

West Ham reportedly actually made a £60m bid for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez on deadline day
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The West Ham owners must know that and so must Moyes and Rob Newman. It seems as though our striker hunt is set to end in disappointment once again, however for the third consecutive transfer window…

West Ham had massive striker bid rejected on deadline day

Whether the Hammers owners actually had any real intentions of signing anyone today is up for debate.

It is being widely reported that they were prepared to go big , however.

The Evening Standard claim that West Ham lodged a £60 million offer for Benfica hitman Darwin Nunez today.

The Portuguese side didn’t accept it though as they wouldn’t have been able to get a replacement in through the door in time.

That’s obviously a real blow for West Ham. The Uruguay International would have been a sensational addition to Moyes’s ranks at the London Stadium.

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Nunez has been in fine form in Portugal this season with 20 goals in 25 games for Benfica to his name (Transfermarkt).

The Benfica ace’s playing style is quintessentially South American. He is a tenacious presser, plays with real physicality and has real technical ability.

The 22-year-old seems to be ideally suited for the Premier League what with its intense and robust nature.

It really is heartbreaking to miss out on a player with Nunez’s calibre.

He will probably end up joining one of the super clubs in the summer. And in the meantime, West Ham will most likely have to plod on with Michail Antonio as our only option through the middle.

It was fun while it lasted eh!

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