West Ham have rejected the chance to sign long term striker target Hugo Ekitike in the January transfer window, it has been reported.

Sources have told football news site the Football Insider that the Hammers have turned down the chance to sign the PSG forward this month.

The PSG striker, who has struggled for game time since his move to the French giants, having only made one appearance in Ligue 1 this season, is a name that has long been linked with a move to David Moyes’ side and a Premier League switch.

The 21 year old is believed to be available for both a loan and a permanent deal in the January window, however West Ham have opted against a move for the young Frenchman and will now turn their attentions to other forward targets. Ekitike is now reportedly in advanced talks to sign for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

With West Ham thought to have limitations on their transfer budget this month, the club have also been priced out of a move for another long term striker target, namely Chelsea’s Armando Broja. It has been widely reported amongst various media outlets that Chelsea want a massive £50 million for the 22 year old Albanian.

A new striker is certainly a position of importance for the Hammers, with the club said to be in discussions with various clubs to try and secure a striking target.

Michail Antonio was due to return from injury this month, however it remains to be seen when the Jamaican forward will be back in action for West Ham. He suffered a further setback in training on his return from a knee injury sustained whilst on international duty in November.

The future of Danny Ings, who has struggled for form since joining the club last January, remains unclear. Hammers boss, David Moyes, will be hoping the club’s transfer team can help the Irons bolster their attacking options, with the knockout stages of the Europa League still to come and with high hopes of a strong finish to the Premier League season.

Written by Finlay Jackson