Fabrizio Romano has lifted the lid on West Ham United’s failure to sign Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone in January.

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Hammers boss David Moyes failed to bring a new striker to the London Stadium last month.

The Scot decided to stick with what he had available to him.

Let’s just hope that that decision doesn’t come back to bite the Scot.

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One of the names we were linked with was Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone.

According to Sky Italia (Live transfer feed, January 21st, 08:55), West Ham made a concrete move to sign the 25-year-old last month.

And now Fabrizio Romano has explained why the Hammers failed to bring the Argentine ace to East London, when speaking on his Here We Go podcast:

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“A possibility for West Ham was Giovanni Simeone. He plays for Cagliari, but he is not having a good season. There was a possibility, West Ham were offering a loan with an option to buy, and they offered €1 million (£900k) as loan fee, but Cagliari said no just because he is their starter. They said no to a loan and wanted an obligation to buy, but West Ham said no and it collapsed, but he was one of the possibilities for West Ham.”

It is no surprise that Cagliari turned down such a measly offer from the Hammers.

If it really was David Moyes’s decision not to sign a striker then fair enough. We have to back him after the job he has done over the past 13 months.

We just have to hope and pray that Michail Antonio doesn’t get injured between now and the end of the season.

West Ham have a real chance of pushing for a European place this season. And Moyes’s tenure at the London Stadium may well be defined by his decision not to sign a striker in January one way or another.

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