West Ham have ‘bid rejected’ for Leeds winger Raphinha as David Moyes continues hunt for a forward… while Hammers are ‘still trying to sign a centre-back’ before transfer deadline
- Leeds have turned down West Ham’s opening bid for Brazilian forward Raphinha
- David Moyes is eager to reinforce his attack as the Hammers aim for the top four
- The Whites will not sell Raphinha, who has scored eight league goals this season
- West Ham also want to sign a centre-back – Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car is a target
West Ham have reportedly had a bid rejected for Leeds winger Raphinha as Monday’s transfer deadline looms.
David Moyes is keen to add attacking reinforcements to his squad this month as the club look to get back on track in their quest for a top four finish.
The Hammers have suffered back-to-back defeats to Leeds and Manchester United, while Michail Antonio – the only recognised centre forward at the London Stadium – has scored just twice in his last 14 appearances.
Raphinha has been Leeds’s star player this season and the Whites are not prepared to sell him
Raphinha has been identified as a target but Leeds have turned down West Ham’s first bid, according to the Evening Standard.
The Whites are not prepared to sell their star man, who has scored eight goals in 19 Premier League games this season.
The 25-year-old is currently on international duty with Brazil and started the 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Thursday.
Raphinha, 25, has scored eight goals in 19 Premier League games for Leeds this season
West Ham also want to sign centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, but Marseille are reluctant to sell
Time is now running out for West Ham to add to their front line, with the Evening Standard adding that Moyes has found it harder than expected to recruit this month.
The report claims that the Hammers are ‘still trying to sign a centre-back’ too, but their hopes of bringing in Duje Caleta-Car have also taken a hit.
Marseille are reluctant to let the 25-year-old Croatian leave as he is a regular starter under Jorge Sampaoli.