It seems that West Ham’s demands for the transfer of Cheikhou Kouyaté could made a possible deal with FC Porto collapse.

It’s Portuguese newspaper Record who claims it today, saying that the Dragons can’t afford the €16m asked by the Premier League side.

Porto are said to be pretty interested in signing Kouyaté. First linked by the African press, the player is mentioned by the Lisbon media as a player who could play in two different positions in midfield, and that’s what manager Sérgio Conceição is so excited about.

Another quality praised by the newspaper is the 28-year-old’s international experience, as he has much time spent in England, Belgium, and also played the World Cup for Senegal.

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But Porto are said to be negotiating with West Ham and his agents so this price can be dropped, otherwise the deal will be too difficult to get done.

Correio da Manhã makes it clear that Kouyaté is not in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans for next season, and West Ham have no problems letting him go.