West Ham United have suffered a blow in their bid to bring a striker to the club as Cedric Bakambu has signed a contract extension with Villarreal, the Spanish side have announced on their official website.
The DR Congo international has been heavily linked with the Hammers this summer but any chance of that transfer taking place is now dead in the water.
That will be a blow to Slaven Bilic, who has been desperate to add to his striking options ahead of the new season, but appears to have hit a wall in every target he has gone after. With just four weeks until West Ham begin their Premier League campaign, the need to make an addition is gaining in importance.
Bakambu, who was also rumoured to be getting interest from Newcastle United also, bagged 11 goals for Villarreal last season as the El Madrigal outfit finished fifth in La Liga.
While goals seemingly caught the attention of some top clubs, the striker’s future remains at the Spanish club.
That is likely to see Bilic needing to look elsewhere if he is to bring an attacker to the London Stadium ahead of the upcoming campaign.
The Croatian has been linked with a number of players in this transfer window. Kelechi Iheanacho, Olivier Giroud and Andre Gray have all been the subject of interest by the Hammers but no deal has been able to be reached for any of them.
West Ham have Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Ashley Fletcher who can play in forward areas but with the first three missing significant portions of last season injured, it is clear another striker needs to be brought in before the Hammers start their Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on August 13.