West Ham United have failed to agree terms with Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel and have now missed out on him, according to Fanatik.
The Turkish outlet claims that the Hammers have been in talks with the Chile international for some time now, but have been unable to get a deal done.
As a result, it now appears as if the former Cardiff City man will be heading to French heavyweights Marseille, with negotiations expected to be completed imminently.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in a press conference in February, as per Football London [12:34], that he attempted to sign the 31-year-old this past January.
It wouldn’t be a transfer window without West Ham being linked with a move for Medel. However, on this occasion at least, it appears that the story is about the end of the Hammers’ interest in the Chilean. That’s great news for the club’s supporters, because this is the sort of nonsensical move the team would have made in the past, but should be moving past now. Medel is 31 years of age now, with his best days very much behind him. Yes, he’s Chilean, like Pellegrini, but that’s no reason to put logic aside and sign him for the sake of it. If Marseille want the Besiktas man then they should be welcome to him, because the Hammers are just fine without him. They already have Declan Rice and Carlos Sanchez as out and out defensive midfielders, while there’s also Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Jack Wilshere and Josh Cullen who can operate in the middle of the park. So there’s really no need for a past-his-best midfielder who would likely command big wages.