West Ham made a move to take Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama on loan before the English transfer window shut, according to the Daily Express.
The national newspaper claim that the Hammers’ move to borrow the 28-year-old midfielder fell through but don’t specify the reason why.
The Daily Express report that due to Wanyama failing to complete a move to West Ham, the unhappy Tottenham player now eyes a switch away before the end of the European transfer window on September 2nd.
It is believed that Belgian side Club Brugge are poised to make a move for Wanyama before their window shuts.
If the Hammers did indeed make a last-gasp swoop for Wanyama before the transfer window shut earlier this month, then it’s easy to surmise why a move didn’t go through. Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg claimed on his personal Twitter account on deadline day that the Hammers weren’t keen on taking Wanyama on loan and pointed out that the Hammers didn’t have space for the Spurs player in their squad. The reporter explained that the Hammers couldn’t add another foreign player to their squad, so that means someone would have had to leave before the Kenyan international could be signed. So perhaps the Hammers did make a move for Wanyama before the deadline day, but were just unable to get a deal done as they couldn’t make space for him in time. However, given that that the Hammers would have known they had to make space for Wanyama before signing him, it’s doubtful they would have waited that close to the deadline to put a deal in motion. The 28-year-old would have been a smart signing on loan as not only is he Premier League proven having played 152 times in England’s top-flight, but given he has been kept on the sidelines for more than 200 days due to problems with his knee in recent seasons (Source: Transfermarkt), signing him on a temporary basis would have protected the Hammers.