West Ham United allegedly had a last-gasp £27 million deadline day bid for Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata rejected.

That’s according to a report from Corriere Bergamo who claim that the Serie A outfit rejected the Hammers’ advances because it was quite simply too late on in the window to bring in a replacement.

The obvious question to ask is, why on earth did we leave it so late?

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Was it because the West Ham owners knew that Atalanta wouldn’t have been able to accept their offer as they had no time to get a replacement in? Perhaps I’m just too cynical…

It is what it is though. What’s done is done. And Hammers boss David Moyes now has to make do with Michail Antonio as his only option through the middle between now and the end of the season.

West Ham boss David Moyes had a last-gasp £27 million striker bid rejected on deadline day
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Claims coming out of Italy seem to suggest that the East London outfit did at least try with a firm offer for a top-class striker, but it was just too late…

West Ham boss David Moyes had a last-gasp £27 million striker bid rejected on deadline day

Corriere Bergamo claims that the Hammers made the bid for Duvan Zapata late on deadline day.

It was lodged past Italy’s 7pm deadline, however, so the Serie A outfit did not have time to bring in a replacement. Very convenient for West Ham’s owners, we must say…

Missing out on the Colombia international, 30, was a real shame.

Zapata would have been a fantastic addition to Moyes’s ranks at the London Stadium.

The 30-year-old striker has been in fine form in Italy this season, racking up 12 goals and seven assists in 22 games for Atalanta. He also boasts a decent career record of 149 goals in 379 games (Transfermarkt).

Duvan Zapata of Atalanta Bc  looks on during the Serie A...
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Zapata seems to possess all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.

The South American stands at 6ft 2in tall, and possesses an impressive build and physique. He is strong as an ox and has pace in abundance.

£27 million actually would have been very good value for Zapata.

90min reckon that the 30-year-old striker was keen to move to the London Stadium on deadline day as well. How frustrating eh?

Our striker situation is something that needs to be addressed in the summer transfer window. There can be no excuses in six month’s time. Moyes and the West Ham board have to put right what they got so badly wrong in January.

Whether that will happen, however, is anyone’s guess.

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