West Ham United dropped out of a late-January deal for Ibrahim Osman after FC Nordsjaelland raised his fee at the last minute, according to Football Insider sources.
The Hammers were close to signing the 19-year-old, who had already confirmed personal terms with the east London club.
David Moyes’ side made proposals for Osman worth up to £13 million, but were unable to match Nordsjaelland’s payment structure criteria, therefore they withdrew from negotiations entirely.
This prompted Brighton to rush in and agree to a deal to recruit the Ghanaian, who has signed a five-year contract with Roberto De Zerbi’s side and will make the transfer permanent this summer. He will stay in the Danish league for the rest of the season.
The Seagulls reportedly signed Osman for around £16 million, which the Irons considered too high.
Osman drew interest from several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham and Arsenal, before Brighton signed him.
He rapidly broke into Nordsjaelland’s first squad after joining in 2023 from Ghana’s Right to Dream academy, which has produced Premier League stars like as Brighton’s Simon Adingra and West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus.
The 2004-born star has made 39 appearances for the Danish side in all competitions, scoring four goals and assisting five times.
West Ham are eighth in the Premier League table after losing 6-0 at home to Arsenal on Sunday (11 February) and have yet to win a game in 2024.
Their next match is against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon (17 February).
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