West Ham has had a summer full of almosts.
They nearly sold unsettled Diafra Sakho to West Brom, until a fitness issue forced the buyers to call off the deal. Now, it’s the Hammers’ turn to nix a potential purchase.
According to multiple reports in England, West Ham called off an imminent deal with Inter wing-back Davide Santon after he failed a medical.
Sky Sports and others report that West Ham was set to swoop for the Italian on a season-long loan deal worth about $500,000 with an additional option to buy until things went sour with Friday’s medical examination. Santon has Premier League experience, having previously spent time with Newcastle. The 25-year-old was meant to be a fill-in for Hammers’ first choice left-back Aaron Cresswell, who suffered a long-term knee injury early in pre-season.
The Hammers have struggled mightily to replace Cresswell. In addition to the failed Santon deal, West Ham has also bid for Norwich’s Martin Olsson and Hull City’s Andrew Robinson, but both were turned down by the clubs.