By Callum O'Connell

19th Sep, 2023 | 9:10am

West Ham United miss out on bargain Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer

West Ham will regret missing out on a bargain deal for former Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi after Fabrizio Romano reported he only cost Nottingham Forest £3.5million.

The reputable journalist shared the news via his Twitter account after Hudson-Odoi’s impressive performance against Burnley, as he also reported the deal involved potential add-ons and a significant sell-on clause.

The 22-year-old scored his first goal for Forest on his debut, a fantastic strike from the edge of the box which whipped around into the opposite top corner of the net, as he provided a glimpse of what he will offer at the City Ground.

West Ham will be among a number of clubs now regretting not furthering their interest in Hudson-Odoi, particularly given his bargain price. If he continues to perform the way he did in Forest’s 1-1 draw with Burnley he will have proved a lot of clubs wrong.

The Hammers were linked with a move for the ace winger by journalist Ben Jacobs, who suggested he was seeking an exit from Stamford Bridge, as Crystal Palace, AC Milan, and his eventual destination of Nottingham Forest all joined West Ham’s interest.

There had been concerns around his possible wage demands, with The Guardian [28 June] reporting his wage in West London to be around £120,000 per week, which was deemed unaffordable by most suitors, but it can be assumed he may have taken a pay cut to join Forest.

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Issues were also raised around his lack of game time in recent years, as he failed to impress while on loan with Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, where Chelsea had hoped a temporary move could inspire him to perform.

However, it always seemed likely that a change in scenery and an arm around the shoulder could be the best way to unlock Hudson-Odoi’s talent away from the cold-hearted climate of Stamford Bridge, something we’ve seen David Moyes do in the past with Jesse Lingard.

In other West Ham news, a new Jarrod Bowen contract update has emerged.