West Ham have reportedly had an ambitious bid of £21million turned down by Real Madrid for Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid are understood to be desperate to get the 30-year-old winger off the books and want to sell him in the January transfer window, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.
Hammers boss David Moyes is reportedly eager to bring the out-of-favour Belgian back to London despite him only making 55 appearances in over two years.
But while Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is “fed up” with Hazard, West Ham’s offer was apparently deemed unacceptable and he will not let the player go for less than £43million.
Hazard was previously linked with a loan move to the London Stadium until the end of the season with an option to buy.
But the Spanish giants want the player, who is deemed a “serious problem” to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, to leave on a permanent basis in January.
The Italian manager was brutally honest back in his assessment of Hazard back in October.
Ancelotti said: “Never in my career as a coach have I forced a player to stay when they want to leave.
“Hazard is ready, but his problem right now is that he has a coach who prefers other players, which can happen in a squad like this one.”
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The Belgium captain’s Real Madrid career has been hugely underwhelming since his arrival in 2019.
He arrived having scored 111 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea but injuries and fitness problems have prevented him from reaching anywhere near the level of performances he regularly showed for the Blues.
Still, along with the interest from West Ham, Hazard has caught the attention of Newcastle and Everton in recent months.
Yet he reportedly favours a return to the capital and there is still plenty of time for the Hammers to come to an agreement with Perez.