West Ham United wanted to sign Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester City on transfer deadline day, but the Foxes owners refused to negotiate with their Hammers equivalents, according to The Guardian.
The London club were desperate for late recruits on Wednesday, with a new centre forward to replace Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew in the Irons squad a priority.
In the end West Ham closed a deal for Jordan Hugill, who moves to the Hammers from Championship outfit Preston North End.
However, it appears as though an attempt to land Slimani was unsuccessful, with the Algerian forward ending up moving to Newcastle United for the rest of the season.
The Guardian state that West Ham made an attempt to fashion a loan deal with Leicester, but the King Power Stadium hierarchy called off negotiations and decided not to do business with the London club.
This revelation, along with the Hammers’ inability to land Leander Dendoncker this month and William Carvalho last January, casts doubts over the recruitment process at the club.
Although Joao Mario and Hugill have been signed mid-season, the majority of the West Ham supporters were expecting more quality and quantity to arrive over the last month.