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West Ham United have contacted Barcelona over the potential of signing Rafinha, but the player has turned down a switch to the Hammers due to a lack of European football, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

The Hammers are seemingly busy in their efforts to add new players to the squad, with multiple reports of transfer talks for players such as Felipe Anderson, Javier Pastore, Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski.

Midfield is an area where West Ham will look to bolster this summer and adding someone of Rafinha’s ilk to the group would be a real coup.

However, the report suggests that although the player feels that Manuel Pellegrini’s project at the London club is ‘attractive’, the lack of Champions League football has been ‘decisive’ in his decision making.

The fact that West Ham have reportedly made contact with players from top European clubs is encouraging news, but the Irons hierarchy must put their money on the table to get deals over the line.

Top players will want Champions League football and as such, convincing potential recruits that under Pellegrini the Hammers will progress will be the major challenge.

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