West Ham had hoped ‘to finish’ a deal for Red Bull Salzburg forward Patson Daka before the striker opted to join Leicester instead, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.
The marksman caught the eye with a number of impressive performances for the Austrian club during the 2020/21 campaign as they won the domestic league title and competed in the Champions League group stage.
The 22-year-old Zambia international netted 34 goals in 42 appearances in total for Salzburg last term, and his strong performances hadn’t gone unnoticed heading into the summer transfer window.
West Ham were rumoured to be keen on reaching an agreement to land Daka’s signature as they soughtto add depth to their attacking options ahead of the 2021/22 season, but the player revealed that he has chosen to pursue a move to Leicester instead, which will come as a hugely frustrating update to the east Londoners.
The Irons finished sixth in the Premier League last term, just one place behind the Foxes, and will be eager to pick up where they left off when they take on Newcastle in their opening match of the 2021/22 season on 15 August.
Check out some of the best of the reaction from West Ham supporters to Konur’s update on Daka below…
“Wanted to hang around and see if we could pick him up on the cheap. Leicester pile in and get him.”
“Sure he’d choose Leicester over West Ham ahahahaha we didn’t fancy it.”
“Don’t blame him, Leicester much better run club and facilities.”
“So it wasn’t the board’s fault for once.”
“There’s a reason why no one has snapped him up sooner and it’s probably because he’s not good enough!”
“Leicester are a bigger, more successful club than us, simple as that.”
“Because we are inept?”
“He’s alright but I think Tammy Abraham is better.”
In other news, plenty of West Ham fans reacted to this update on another Irons transfer target.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience