West Ham have seen a deadline day approach for RB Leipzig forward Jean-Kevin Augustin rejected, according to The Sun.
The newspaper report that eight Premier League teams made efforts to sign the 21-year-old striker over the last few days, but the Bundesliga club rebuffed all approaches.
The Sun claim that the Hammers attempted to strike a loan-to-buy deal for the Frenchman, but Leipzig were insistent on keeping the player around as they believe he will be important to their push for a Champions League spot.
Augustin has scored eight goals in all competitions this season.
Signing Augustin would have been a brilliant last-gasp deal for the Hammers, but it was not to be. Manuel Pellegrini has obviously been keen to snap up another striker this month, with both Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez angling for exits, but such a move has never really materialised. Instead it looks as though the Chilean will have to make do with the squad at his disposal after making just the single January signing in free agent Samir Nasri. Players like Hernandez and Perez are going to have to get their heads down now and commit to the cause, with West Ham needing everyone pulling in the same direction if they are to improve their league position before May. It is then likely that there will be a huge overhaul of their attacking options in the summer with Marko Arnautovic almost certain to leave alongside Hernandez, Perez, and possibly Andy Carroll as well.