Heartbreak for West Ham as striker target supposedly wants to stay at his current club.

When it comes to signing a striker, West Ham have little to no luck. Gianluca Scamacca ripped it up before and after being at the club, Sebastian Haller went on to break Champions League records, while Danny Ings is still in East London as it stands but has failed to impress.

Understandably, bringing in a forward is said to be one of the top priorities of the recruitment team right now. One name in particular which has excited the fanbase is Samu Omorodion. The Spanish striker has had an impressive debut season on loan at Alaves, scoring 8 league goals at just 20-years-old.

The Hammers had a bid in the region of €35 million rejected by Atletico Madrid, and it remains to be seen if they will follow up on this. Much to their dismay, their efforts may be futile anyway as Matteo Moretto reports that a move is unlikely.

“Atletico Madrid do not want to sell him, and Samu at the moment does not think about anything other than doing the preseason with Atletico and being noticed by Cholo Simeone,” he told Caught Offside. “Atletico think he has great potential and that is why they rejected high offers for him.”

“West Ham offered almost €40m including variables, and he cost just €6m last summer. Roma like him, but at the moment it is not viable. I repeat, at the moment Atletico have no intention of selling him. Simeone wants to watch him closely during the preseason.”

What doesn’t make sense with this is the fact that the striker has publicly come out and stated that he has dropped his agent. You would have presumed that this was because he wanted a move away from the Madrid club, but perhaps it was the other way round. It’s very possible that his agent was pushing for him to switch clubs to get a big pay day, while Samu preferred to stay where he is.

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