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.
Despite two heavy defeats to their opponents during this campaign, Hull City came through when it mattered most.
An opener from Abel Hernandez, an own-goal off the head of Jason Shackell, and a last-second cherry on top by Andrew Robinson have put the Tigers in firm control of the Championship playoff semifinal with a 3-0 win at Pride Park Stadium, and likely on to Wembley.
Hull City made something out of nothing to get things started when Abel Hernandez found a way through and sliced a low shot from outside the box past Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson for the opener just past the half-hour mark.
The goal is the first Hull has managed against Derby this season, having lost 4-0 and 2-0 in both their regular season meetings.
The visitors would find another before halftime, as Derby was very unlucky to go 2-0 down. A cross from Moses Odubajo clipped the leg of his defender Marcus Olsson, then deflected off the head of Jason Shackell and into the back of the net.
As the game moved through the second half, Derby seemed to have little to offer in front of net, and Hull City pushed for a third. Robert Snodgrass came close on a free-kick past the hour mark, but it was headed behind for a corner by Shackell. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was called into action in the 71st minute as he punched away a cross by Cyrus Christie, and the follow-up from Craig Bryson swerved acres wide of the net.
Having been second-best the full 90 minutes, Derby conceded once more just ticks before the final whistle. A Derby corner kick devolved into a counter-attack for the visitors, where Odubajo fed Robertson, and finding no other options, he had a go at the bottom corner and found it eight minutes into added time.