West Ham have been dealt a blow to their hopes of signing a Brazilian centre-back from Galatasaray this summer.
Hammers boss David Moyes is said to be on the hunt for a new partner for Angelo Ogbonna, who has enjoyed a fine season, especially with some of the Premier League’s big boys circling around Issa Diop.
Turkish Football claimed last week that West Ham are keen on landing Brazilian Marcao, with scouts watching him in action in recent weeks.
The 23-year-old only joined the Turkish giants in January 2019, leaving Portuguese side Chaves, where he made a name for himself.
With 34 appearances to his name this season, Marcao has been a fixture Fatih Terim’s side and has been touted to have the sort of game that is suited to English football.
However, it would appear that the player is more than happy to stay in Turkey and fulfill his goals there.
He told Fotomac: “I am very happy at Galatasaray. Currently, the only thought is to win our remaining games and become champions.
“I have learned a lot from Fatih Terim, he has been teaching me to help my development. Galatasaray is my home and I have no intention of leaving unless they send me.”
So it would appear that Moyes will have to switch his focus elsewhere to strengthen his back-line.
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