West Ham fail in bid to sign Duje Caleta-Car on loan with an option to buy as Marseille will only allow £15m-rated centre-back to leave on a permanent deal this month
- West Ham have failed in a bid to sign Caleta-Car on loan with an option to buy
- The Hammers have been tracking the 25-year-old centre back for some time
- Marseille will only allow him to leave on a permanent deal in January
West Ham have had a bid to sign Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car on loan rejected by the French club.
The Hammers also proposed an option to buy as part of the arrangement but the offer was rejected by the club’s president Pablo Longoria.
Marseille are open to letting centre-back Caleta-Car leave this month but only on a permanent deal.
West Ham have failed in a bid to sign centre-half Duje Caleta-Car on loan with an option to buy
The Croatian has also been linked with Newcastle, Wolves and almost joined Liverpool a year ago.
He has 18 months left on his contract and is valued at around £15m by his French club.
Caleta-Car has gone from last season being on the bench under Jorge Sampaoli to this season being a regular starter.
David Moyes is keen to bring in a central defender this month to strengthen his side’s backline
Caleta-Car has been on West Ham’s radar for some time including last summer before they clinched the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.
The possibility of a move for Caleta-Car has resurfaced with manager David Moyes keen to bring in another centre back, as well as striker, and Angelo Ogbonna out for the rest of the season.
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