West Ham United’s continued attempts to sign Tom Cairney have again been thwarted, with Fulham rejecting a £20 million offer from the Hammers, according to Sky Sports.

It has been widely publicised that the Irons are big admirers of the Scotland international, who played a key role in helping the Craven Cottage outfit back to the Premier League last season.

West Ham are keen to add invention and creativity to their midfield options, with limited options in the centre of the park currently.

Cairney would certainly bring that to the London Stadium, but local rivals Fulham are clearly keen to hold onto their deep-lying playmaker.

The latest report suggests that West Ham have incrementally increased their offers for the midfielder but the newly promoted outfit will not entertain the idea of the Scotsman being sold.

West Ham will be without Manuel Lanzini for the start of the 2018-19 season due to the Argentina international sustaining cruciate ligament damage, heightening the need for more invention to be signed this summer.

However, attempts to land Cairney have been unsuccessful thus far and the Hammers may need to switch their attentions to other options as a result.