Read the latest 2022 Qatar World Cup news here.

Marseille owner took big risk to get Duje Caleta-Car deal done but West Ham would not budge claims report
Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Marseille owner took big risk to get Duje Caleta-Car deal done but West Ham would not budge claims report

The owner of Marseille took a big risk to get the Duje Caleta-Car deal done but West Ham would not budge claims a new report from France.

West Ham have been linked with Croatian defender Caleta-Car in every window since 2020.

And Hammers fans were convinced he would be signing this time around as reports intensified in the last week of the January transfer window (Tuttomercatoweb).

Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images

Particularly given David Moyes had publicly stated on several occasions his intention to try and sign a left-sided centre-back.

Deadline day passed with no new arrivals at West Ham, though, much to the anger of the club’s disappointed supporters.

Reports had abound on deadline day that West Ham had relented on their insistence they only wanted Caleta-Car on loan with an option to buy.

Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

That delighted West Ham fans who felt that the reported fee of around £15m was reasonable and hardly a risk in the modern market for a 25-year-old international player.

The deal did not get done, though, and West Ham fans have been highly critical of the club in the aftermath.

Their mood will certainly not be improved then by a report from RMC in France today which claims Marseille owner Pablo Longoria took a big risk to get the Caleta-Car deal done but West Ham simply would not budge.

Photo by John Berry/Getty Images

According to RMC – as transcribed by Get French Football News – Longoria went against OM manager Jorge Sampaoli’s pleas not to sell any of his players in an effort to get a deal done with West Ham. But the Hammers allegedly insisted on the loan thus scuppering any chance of a move.

Not that Caleta-Car was particularly disappointed with RMC reporting that Nikola Vlasic’s international teammate was happy to stay at Marseille.

“As reported by RMC, Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli will be happy this morning having survived deadline day without a major loss to his squad, having asked president Pablo Longoria to avoid such a situation last week,” GFFN transcribes.

Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images

“Longoria did his best to move players on, however.

“West Ham United spent much of the day pursuing 25-year-old Croatian international centre-back Duje Caleta-Car but, as the outlet report, the London club were only able to offer a loan deal (reportedly with an option to buy) for the player despite reports of talks over a €19m (£15.8m) plus €5m (£4m) in bonuses deal. DCC was happy to stay at OM having regained his place in the starting line-up.”

The claims will no doubt further anger some West Ham fans.

It comes after Simon Jordan accused West Ham majority stakeholder David Sullivan of ‘phantom bids and faux ambition’.

The Athletic’s respected journalist and Leeds expert Phil Hay also reported that the Elland Road club have denied receiving a formal offer from West Ham for Kalvin Phillips despite claims to the contrary from a ‘senior West Ham figure’.

More West Ham news:

Darwin’s theory of devolution as West Ham regress after Moyes success.

Mark Noble speaks on West Ham not making any signings.