West Ham United have had a €5m (£3.5m, $5.48m) bid for Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz rejected by the Turkish giants. Hamza Hamzaoglu's side have no intention of selling the player, while Yilmaz is not keen on a switch to east London.
The Hammers have made no secret of their desire to sign a striker amid an injury crisis that has currently beset their forward line. Enner Valencia has started the season sidelined after suffering a knee and ankle problem in the preliminary stages of the Europa League.
Andy Carroll has not played since February after undergoing knee surgery that saw him miss the final three months of the 2014-15 season. West Ham co-owner David Gold says the club are actively looking to sign cover for the duo as the transfer window enters the final two weeks. Latest attempts to sign an accomplice for Diafra Sakho, who has started both of West Ham's Premier League games this season against Arsenal and Leicester, has seen the club pursue Turkey international Yilmaz, who scored 22 club goals last term for Galatasaray. The club have subsequently rebuffed these moves.
"Although clearly refuted earlier by Galatasaray, hoaxes regarding the transfer of our athlete Burak Yilmaz continues to be written," a club statement read. "West Ham United offered us €5m for Burak Yilmaz. But our player didn't demand leaving and also our club has no thought of selling him."
Though West Ham began their season with an impressive win over Arsenal – which followed their defeat in the Europa League third qualifying round – defeat to Leicester has seen expectations in Slaven Bilic's first season scaled back. They face newly promoted AFC Bournemouth in their third match as their final term at Upton Park continues.