London Evening Standard journalist Jack Rosser has revealed that West Ham United tried to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea but were ultimately put off by his wage demands.
The striker has sealed a move from the Blues to Italian club Roma, who are currently managed by Jose Mourinho.
West Ham, by comparison, have yet to sign a striker in this transfer window, with the deadline coming on Tuesday.
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Rosser has confirmed that they were interested in bringing Abraham into the club but found a deal too financially challenging.
Indeed, he has claimed that the same went for Arsenal, who were also interested in a deal for the forward.
Abraham had fallen out of favour under manager Thomas Tuchel but had an impressive scoring record at Stamford Bridge.
In total, he scored 30 goals in 82 games for the club, and has already provided two assists at Roma, with both coming in the 3-1 win over Fiorentina.
Rosser said: “They liked Tammy Abraham, they tried for Tammy Abraham, but it proved too expensive for what they wanted to do.
“His wage demands, Kurt Zouma’s wage demands are big, Tammy Abraham’s are far bigger, and Roma were willing to meet that. Arsenal weren’t and West Ham weren’t so that’s why that one didn’t come off.”
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