West Ham United have ended their interest in FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, with the English club not willing to pay the centre forward’s release clause, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.
The Hammers have been linked with the powerful Malian attacker for the majority of the summer, with talk that a deal to land him could be completed on transfer deadline day.
However, the latest report suggests Porto would not accept anything lower than Marega’s €40 million release clause – a fee that West Ham would not agree to pay.
It also stipulates that Marega was desperate to join West Ham.
The Hammers have since announced the capture of Lucas Perez from Arsenal, with the Spanish forward joining Manuel Pellegrini’s men for a much-more affordable £4 million fee.
West Ham fans will be glad the club has added to their options in the final third with a new striker, but Marega surely would have been a more-rounded option than the Spaniard.
That said, with the Hammers hierarchy breaking the club record transfer fee on Felipe Anderson and signing a host of other players, the window has been an overarching success.