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West Ham United’s move for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi is off, according to Sky Sports.

The report claims that the Hammers could not agree personal terms with the Algeria international, who played a major role in helping his current side to their 28th Portuguese league title last season.

However, they are still in negotiations for his team-mate Moussa Marega, after the forward netted 23 goals across all competitions in 2017-18.

The support striker would offer strong competition for places across the front line, but the two clubs are said to be apart in their valuations at present.

After narrowly surviving relegation last time around, West Ham have set about an overhaul at the London Stadium, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini bringing in a number of fresh faces.

The likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Issa Diop have arrived with a view to tightening things up at the back, but more notable have been the attacking signings of Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson.

With that trio added to the likes of Javier Hernandez and the star of the previous campaign Marko Arnautovic, the Irons have a genuine offensive threat that arguably cannot be matched by any team outside of the league’s top six.

Brahimi would have been another fine acquisition; the 28-year-old managed 12 goals and 10 assists last term, but with the strength in depth that West Ham already have in the final third fans may not be overly concerned to have missed out on his signature.

They will be demanding an improvement on the style of play that was in evidence during David Moyes’ tenure, which was often a cause for animosity on the terraces.

Pellegrini will be confident of delivering on that front and with the players at his disposal a top-half finish should be the absolute minimum target.

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