According to a report from Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport, West Ham had a €25 million (£22.2 million) January bid for Real Betis ace Loren Moron rejected.

The Hammers were clearly keen to bolster their attacking ranks during the January transfer window.

Sebastien Haller has failed to impress since making a £45 million move to the London Stadium in the summer of 2019.

Albian Ajeti, meanwhile, is seemingly nowhere near Premier League standard. Although it could be argued that he hasn’t been given a fair enough chance so far.

Real Betis Balompie v RCD Mallorca - La Liga

Loren Moron (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

And Corriere dello Sport claims that West Ham attempted to address that issue in January by making a £22.2 million bid for Betis forward Loren Moron.

The offer was allegedly rejected, however, with the La Liga side holding out for closer to €40 million (£35.6 million).

 

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The 26-year-old has been in decent form for Betis this season, racking up 11 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

Real Betis Balompie v RCD Mallorca - La Liga

Loren Moron (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

In 26 La Liga appearances, the Spaniard has scored nine goals and chipped in with two assists. He has won an average of 1.3 aerial duals per game and has attempted 1.6 shots at goal per game. Moron has also averaged 0.5 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game during those outings (Who Scored).

£35.6 million does seem an awful lot of money for someone who is totally unproven in the Premier League, however.

And there are no guarantees that he would have hit the ground running at West Ham.

So perhaps the Hammers made the right call by not offering more than £22.2 million for Moron in January.

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