West Ham have scrapped plans to sign Belgian striker Ilombe Mboyo, after heavy protests from club supporters.
The 26-year-old forward, who plays for Gent in the Belgian league, served three-years in prison after being convicted of the rape of a 14-year-old girl when he was 16.
According to the Daily Mirror, there was widespread negativity from fans on the club's website, after an announcement was made stating their interest in Mboyo.
The Gent goal-scorer netted 20 times last season, and was being mooted as a potential partner for summer signing Andy Carroll.
However, West Ham chairman David Sullivan made it clear he would not compromise the support of his side for a player.
“I couldn’t go against the supporters. We wanted their opinions and they seem to have said no.
“We didn’t sign El Hadji Diouf when the supporters indicated he’d not be acceptable to the club and we will not proceed on this occasion either.”
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