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West Ham target Alexis Claude-Maurice on verge of £12million move to Nice
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West Ham target Alexis Claude-Maurice on verge of £12million move to Nice

Any hopes West Ham United have of resurrecting a move for Alexis Claude-Maurice in January look doomed.

West Ham were linked with a move for Lorient forward Claude-Maurice throughout the summer.

According to Sky Sports West Ham made a £10million bid for the Frenchman early on in the transfer window.

Manuel Pellegrini reportedly faced stiff competition for Claude-Maurice’s signature from London rivals Arsenal.

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West Ham-linked Alexis remained in France

There was talk that both clubs were jostling to be the highest bidder for the 21-year-old.

But in the end the Hammers and Gunners spent their money elsewhere.

Lorient president Loic Fery confirmed West Ham’s interest in an interview with Le Telegramme.

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Forward nears £12million move

But it appears any hopes Pellegrini might have of partnering Claude-Maurice with fellow Frenchman Sebastien Haller in the future have been dealt a blow.

French outlets Nice-Matin and RMC are reporting that Claude-Maurice will undergo a medical with Nice this morning ahead of signing a long-term contract.

The reports cite West Ham’s interest and claims the player was adamant that the first transfer of his career kept him in France.

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Hammers elected for Ajeti instead

A deal is said to have been concluded for around £12million mark.

That is not an astronomical fee for a highly-rated young player.

West Ham instead spent £8million on Albian Ajeti who made his first appearance for the club in Tuesday night’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Newport County.