West Ham United have seen bids for Stoke City’s Joe Allen and Harry Arter of Bournemouth turned down, according to fansite Claret & Hugh.
The Hammers offered £15 million for the duo but with the three clubs all fighting relegation from the Premier League this term, they were told that deals would not be possible.
Manager David Moyes is clearly keen to add creativity to the ranks at the London Stadium but will not make a move for Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey.
January is a notoriously difficult time to buy and it is easy to end up paying over the odds for players given that most sides are now settled into the season and unwilling to disrupt their squads.
Allen has been with Stoke since signing from Liverpool in the summer of 2016 and is an integral part of the setup at the Bet365 Stadium.
The Wales international scored six league goals for the Potters during 2016-17, his most prolific campaign as a professional.
This time around he has struggled to recapture that form and only netted his first Premier League strike on December 23, in a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion.
Arter, meanwhile, has also only found the net once this term, bagging the third of four goals as Bournemouth trounced Huddersfield Town back in November.
The 28-year-old joined the Cherries when they were still in League One and has been an instrumental part of their remarkable rise to the top flight.
In recent years he has also established himself as an increasingly prominent member of the Republic of Ireland national side.
Whilst it seems that West Ham are destined to miss out on both players, there are likely to be new faces arriving before the end of the window.
Moyes has spoken publicly of his desire to improve the squad and will no doubt have a list of targets on his radar.