By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Sep, 2021 | 6:10am

West Ham made deadline day push to sign Porto defender Zaidu

West Ham reportedly failed in their last-gasp pursuit of FC Porto left-back Zaidu as they could not agree a deal with the Portuguese club.

The Hammers were linked with left-backs all summer, but ended the window without getting one through the door at the London Stadium.

Interest in the 24-year-old Nigeria international emerged late in the day for West Ham, but they failed to agree a fee with the Champions League outfit as they spent a large chunk of their budget to secure deals for Nikola Vlasic, Kurt Zouma and Alex Kral.

Via his personal Twitter account, Paul Brown, who is a sports journalist at the different Reach publications the Daily Star, Express and Mirror, wrote, “West Ham failed with a deadline day bid to sign Porto left-back Zaidu. Couldn’t reach an agreement after spending most of the budget on Vlasic, Zouma and Kral.”

Too late in the day

While on the face of it, the Hammers had a relatively decent window, most of their deals were concluded closer to the deadline, which is not how canny operators conduct their transfer business.

They also failed in their quests to sign a striker and left-back which could be a glaring omission given it could’ve cost them table positions last season had it none been for Jesse Lingard’s resurgence.

Zaidu would’ve been a decent signing to offer competition to Aaron Cresswell before taking over the first-team duties from him next season.

He’s an aggressive and pacey full-back who’s just as good on the defensive end as he is in the final third.

Hammers fans will be hoping that their interest in the player is a genuine one because he’s quality and could be looked at again in the January window.

In other West Ham news, ‘Perfect’ – talkSPORT pundit gushes over ‘Brilliant’ West Ham ace in win v Leicester

Be sure to follow West Ham Zone on Facebook and Twitter for 24/7 updates on the Hammers and more exclusive interviews with Frank McAvennie.