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West Ham dealt transfer blow as striker target rejects Hammers switch

David Moyes’ desire to strengthen has been dashed

West Ham have been dealt a major blow as it has emerged that Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri will stay in the south of Spain this January, with the Moroccan attacker confirming his decision in a public statement.

The striker, who was subject to Hammers interest over the summer, was reportedly the centre of their transfer attentions once more as under fire David Moyes looks for quickfire solutions to turn around an awful season to date.

As it stands, the Irons sit above the relegation zone only on goal difference, with Everton level on points but a place below them and occupying the final relegation spot. Given that it follows a summer in which the club spent record sums on the likes of Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd, it is safe to say that more was expected of Moyes and his side.

And in a bid to end their goalscoring woes (they have managed just 15 goals in 18 Premier League games), Moyes reignited his interest in En-Nesyri, who netted the winner for Morocco over Portugal in the World Cup quarter final but is yet to find the net in La Liga this season after 12 appearances for a struggling Sevilla.

However, the 25-year-old has once again turned down a move to England, telling local outlet Diario Sevilla that he would rather stay to try and help the Andalusian side recover some semblance of form.

“I thank all the clubs that have contacted my agent. But right now I just want to keep my head in Sevilla. It’s not a matter of money. It’s a sporting matter, wanting to help the team in the worst moments”, he explained.

It leaves West Ham back to square one, and in dire need of reinforcements this winter.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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