WEST HAM failed in their bid to bring in a deadline day striker after seeing a move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez collapse.
The Hammers had a £40million plus add-ons deal rejected for the 22-year-old forward after initially making contact on Sunday night.
The East London club were considering another late move for Darwin with Benfica open to selling for the right price.
But time was ultimately against West Ham chiefs.
West Ham were desperate to bring in a back-up striker to provide cover for first choice goal-getter Michail Antonio.
Fighting both in the Europa League and the race for a top-four spot, West Ham chiefs understood this deal could make or break their season.
And David Moyes and Co have now been left seriously short in a failure that could come back to bite them.
Uruguayan forward Nunez has scored 15 goals in 16 league games so far this campaign, as well as 20 goals in 25 games in all competitions.
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Also on Sunday, SunSport exclusively revealed West Ham were making a record-breaking £50m bid to team up Kalvin Phillips with his England buddy Declan Rice.
The astonishing offer has been sent to Leeds who want midfield dynamo Phillips NOW but are also willing to wait for him until the summer.
Phillips is currently recovering from a hamstring operation but that has not stopped West Ham from making the astonishing move.
Boss David Moyes has been given funds to sign players and loves Phillips for his skill and industry.
Signing Phillips would be a massive statement from West Ham who would like to pair him with England mate Rice at the heart of their side.
It would also provide insurance should a massive offer come in for Rice down the line – and give them his ready-made replacement.
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