West Ham will not be able to afford to by Max Gradel because they have no money, at least that is according to Leeds chairman Ken Bates.
The Hammers have already had one bid for the Ivorian winger rejected, and Bates does not expect they will return with an improved offer due to financial constraints.
“Max isn’t going anywhere and that is the end of the matter," said the Leeds supremo.
“We have only had one bid from West Ham and I think Max will have finished his career before he goes there because they haven’t got any money.
"Max is a valuable part of our squad and will continue to be so.”
Along with West Ham, Fulham are also interested in signing Gradel, who scored 18 goals for Leeds last season.
Indeed, the 23-year-old has confirmed that he is aware that he is attracting admiring glances from elsewhere.
The Leeds winger said: "Are Fulham interested in buying me? Yes. I know West Ham are interested in buying me, too."
With the signing of Gradel looking unlikely, West Ham have turned their attention to MK Dons striker Sam Baldock, and the east London club have been credited with a bid of £1.5 million for the 22-year-old.
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