West Ham United have missed out on another reported striker target in the January window.
The reports claimed that was because Hammers co-owner David Sullivan – who is leading transfer negotiations again after the departure of Mario Husillos – insisted on an initial loan deal with the option to buy.
That is despite Inter making it clear they needed the money to balance the books and fund their own transfer activity.
Hammers linked with Ekambi
West Ham have been linked with a move for Villareal forward Karl Toko Ekambi since (El Periodico Mediterraneo).
But if Ekambi was indeed a West Ham target then they have missed out his signature too after French side Lyon reached an agreement with Villareal (L’Equipe).
Even more galling for Hammers fans is the fact Lyon are reported to have struck a deal on the same terms West Ham have been looking for – a loan with a set clause to buy.
Lyon swoop to clinch loan with clause to buy
According to L’Equipe, the 27-year-old Cameroonian international will join Lyon on loan with an obligation to buy for just £18million.
Not bad for a powerful, pacy forward who seems ideally suited to the Premier League and boasts a goal record of better than one in every three games.
There was also the added bonus of a potential reunion with Pablo Fornals with the duo (pictured celebrating together above) knowing each other’s games well from their time together in Spain.
The news will disappoint West Ham fans who want to see intent in this window.
Moyes needs new recruits to help push Hammers up the table
David Moyes’s squad is sorely lacking in several key areas.
The Scot needs a new right-back, at least one midfielder and a strike partner for the isolated Sebastien Haller.
Ekambi could have been the perfect foil for the Frenchman. He offers more pace and another outlet to take the pressure off West Ham’s £45million man.
Perhaps the knock-back will see West Ham revisit the Barbosa situation.
Moyes needs to act fast, though. West Ham have no time to waste and there are just two weeks left until the window slams shut.