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West Ham Pull Out Of Race For £13.8m Rated French Midfield General

West Ham have decided against making a move for Nantes captain Valentin Rongier, according to France Football. The French magazine reports that the Hammers were put off by the 24-year-old’s price tag.

Back in June, it was revealed that Nantes were looking for €15m (£13.8m) for the midfielder, with West Ham and Wolves both having considered bids for the player.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that the club would look to replace Pedro Obiang following his departure to Sassuolo but it seems they have turned their attentions away from Rongier.

The Frenchman made 43 appearances in all competitions for Nantes last campaign, scoring four goals and providing seven assists.

It appears West Ham’s current focus is to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes on Thursday. FC Basel striker Albian Ajeti is being eyed, but the two clubs are said to be quite far apart in their valuations of the player currently.