West Ham United pulled out of a late-January deal for Ibrahim Osman after his price was hiked by FC Nordsjaelland at the last minute, sources have told Football Insider.
The Hammers came close to signing the 19-year-old, who had even agreed personal terms with the east London club.
David Moyes’ side submitted offers rising to £13million for Osman, but were reluctant to meet Nordsjaelland’s payment structure demands and opted to withdraw from negotiations altogether.
This allowed Brighton to swoop in and agree to a deal to sign the Ghanaian, who has penned a five-year deal with Roberto De Zerbi’s side and will complete a permanent move in the summer. He will remain in the Danish league for the remainder of the season.
The Seagulls reportedly signed Osman for a fee of roughly £16million – a price deemed too steep by the Irons.
Ibrahim Osman agreed personal terms with West Ham
He quickly broke into Nordsjaelland’s first team after signing in 2023 from Ghana’s Right to Dream academy, which has produced Premier League stars including Brighton’s Simon Adingra and the Hammers’ Mohammed Kudus.
The 2004-born star has made 39 appearances for the Danish side in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing five assists.
West Ham sit eighth in the Premier League table after their 6-0 thrashing at home against Arsenal on Sunday (11 February) and are yet to win a game in 2024.
They are next in action against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon (17 February).
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