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Possible transfer blow for West Ham as unwelcome reports emerge

West Ham fans have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s crucial win over Swansea City last time out.

Slaven Bilic’s men were languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three ahead of their encounter with the South Wales outfit, but Diafra Sakho’s 90th minute winner sent the Hammers up to 15th in the division following a second victory of the campaign.

And that last-gasp triumph certainly delighted our resident West Ham supporters, yet they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from Fanatik (via talkSPORT), which outlines some comments from Galatasaray President Dursun Ozbek regarding reported Hammers target Kwadwo Asamoah.

The 28-year-old currently plays his trade at Juventus and has done so since 2012, in which time he has played 133 games for the Italian giants, helping them to five successive Serie A titles, and to the final of the Champions League in both 2015 and 2017.

However, the Ghana international has mustered just three league appearances so far this term for the Old Lady, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, his future appears to be away from the Allianz Stadium.

And West Ham were reportedly one side keeping tabs on the midfielder last summer only for no move to materialise, as were Turkish giants Galatasaray who, according to their president, look set to go in for him again.

He said: ‘In the end Juventus didn’t want to let him go.

‘We already had an agreement with Asamoah, and we’ll repeat our offer during the winter transfer window.’

These comments are sure to intrigue and perhaps frustrate Bilic and several of our resident West Ham fans, who now may find it difficult persuading Asamoah of a move to England ahead of Galatasaray, who will likely have European football to offer the 28-year-old.

Landlord’s verdict: West Ham failed in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho during the summer, to underline their testing task in luring players to the London Stadium.

And another man they were reportedly looking at was Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, who can also play left-back to give Hammers chief Slaven Bilic another option in that position as well.

However, no move materialised, and it looks increasingly likely that Galatasaray will head the queue for the 28-year-old in January is recent quotes from the club’s president are anything to go by, which could leave West Ham facing an uphill battle should they reignite their interest in the Ghana star.

West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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