West Ham United are thought to be in the transfer market for a new striker this winter, with doubts over their current attackers.
The future of the likes of Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez, Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic all appear to be in the air at the moment, which has led to the club thinking about their options when January arrives.
However, reports in Italy appear to have given the Hammers a huge blow in the possible pursuit of a potential target.
The ex-Southampton forward, who had also been linked with a move to Galatasaray, is understood to have said no about a return to the Premier League and Europe.
Despite being 33-years-old, Pelle has shown no signs of slowing down and has been a consistent threat in front of goal, hitting 16 goals and nine assists this season.
However, it would seem that he has decided to remain in China with Shandong Luneng rather than making a return to the Premier League in which he left in 2016.
West Ham will now need to go back to the drawing board if they are to find a new striker to lead the line at the London Stadium from January onwards.
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