West Ham fans will be the first to say their club isn’t exactly brilliant at transfers. In recent years there have been some strange negotiations and targets have been lost.
Most famously, former Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho released email offers West Ham had sent for William Carvalho, and said it’s understandable Hammers fans call their owners the ‘dildo brothers’.
That said, the mess in the Felipe Anderson and Jordan Lukaku transfers doesn’t seem West Ham’s fault. Lazio appear to be completely unreasonable, with claims on Friday they want €70m for the pair, which is so ridiculous it’s funny.
The Hammers have had a questionable role in some of it, with it being claimed they contacted Santos, Anderson’s former club, to ask them to give up the percentage they’re owed, to make the transfer easier. That’s some cheek, if true.
Anyway, back to Lukaku. Saturday’s edition of Il Tempo states he’s ‘probably’ going to sign for Leicester City. There’s no mention of West Ham.
The move to Leicester is expected to happen soon, it’s ‘close’, so Lukaku won’t be going on preseason tour with Lazio.
Leicester have of course been linked before, but this from Il Tempo pushes the track along somewhat.