West Ham had reportedly agreed to pay Chelsea a five-figure sum for every game that Fikayo Tomori did not feature before a loan deal collapsed on deadline day. The Hammers had spent most the summer looking to bring in more defensive recruits.
The injury to Issa Diop has left David Moyes short of options with Aaron Cresswell playing as a makeshift centre-back in recent weeks.
Vladimir Coufal was signed to fill the spot at right-back and he impressed on his debut in the 3-0 win over Leicester last week.
But signing a central defender was still top of the agenda heading into deadline day on Monday.
After Chelsea decided that Antonio Rudiger wouldn’t be sold though, it became clear that Tomori might be available for loan.
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Frank Lampard wasn’t keen on having five senior central defenders for the new season and an agreement had been struck with West Ham on Monday for Tomori to move on a season-long loan.
A deal was all in place but the move fell apart at the eleventh hour as Tomori made it clear he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge.
It has left West Ham likely needing to utilise the domestic market, which closes on October 16, to try and find a central defender.
But talkSPORT’s Jim White has revealed just how committed West Ham were to bringing Tomori to the London Stadium.
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“I’m no mouthpiece for these guys this morning, but this I know to be fact,” he said on talkSPORT.
“They went after (Duje) Caleta-Car at Marseille. They bid £20million and were prepared to pay £3million to the agent and the player. But the player didn’t want to go.
“Then they struck a deal with Chelsea, including a huge loan fee, for Fikayo Tomori.
“They had also agreed to pay Chelsea £50,000 every time he wasn’t selected to play for West Ham, on top of that.
“That was all done and two minutes to eleven Tomori said: ‘I’m staying, I don’t want to go’. The timing was wrong but they tried.”
Reports have now emerged that West Ham could turn their attention to Bournemouth’s Steve Cook.
It’s been claimed the Cherries value Cook at £8m and West Ham could face competition from Burnley.
Watford defender Craig Dawson is also being considered by the Hammers.
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