West Ham United have not made an approach for Everton midfielder Tom Davies, according to The Mirror’s live transfer blog.
It had previously been thought that Hammers manager David Moyes was keen on the young Englishman and had made initial moves to bring him to the London Stadium.
— West Ham Blog (@WestHUblog) January 16, 2018
However, although Davies has not been a consistent starter since Sam Allardyce took over as Toffees boss back in November, it appears that the Merseysiders have no intention of letting one of their homegrown talents depart the club to join West Ham.
It means that the Hammers appear no closer to adding a midfielder to their ranks this month despite being linked with a host of players.
Davies joined Everton’s academy at the age of 11 from Tranmere Rovers and signed his first professional contract in September 2015.
In April the following year, the native Liverpudlian made his Premier League debut in a draw against Southampton and was awarded the man-of-the-match award on the final day of the season as his side dispatched Norwich City 3-0.
It took until January 2017, though, for the 19-year-old to fully burst onto the scene with a series of impressive and energetic displays at the heart of the midfield under the management of Ronald Koeman.
The England under-21 international has demonstrated a strong work rate and willingness to get forward from deep to support the strikers in his short career to date, but has struggled to replicate his best form this term.
West Ham are believed to covet a new central midfielder this month as Moyes looks to add to his options in the centre of the park.
The likes of Steven N’Zonzi and Jack Wilshere have been touted as Hammers targets but the London club are yet to add any new faces to their playing group.
Going after Davies was always a long shot for West Ham and it seemed unlikely that he would want to leave his boyhood club at such a tender age and whilst still a valued member of the senior squad.
It seems that a deal was never really on the table and the Hammers’ search must now continue for added creativity in the centre of the park.