That collapse puts the Hammers back into contention having previously held an interest in the 18-year-old, with the report claiming a number of clubs are keen on holding talks with a view to a summer switch.
Hailed as a ‘special talent’ by former Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy, Baah showed a taste of that talent this season with a wondergoal in League One against Charlton Atheltic.
Signing a youngster who was on the brink of a move to a club with the spending power of Manchester City would have to be regarded as a coup.
Given that level of interest in the Germany-born teenager, it would be safe to assume there was a player blessed with an abundance of ability, who could be ready to make the step up to the big time.
This is also a transfer that would buy into the cohesion David Moyes is looking to bring into the football club, signing younger players with plenty to prove.