By George Overhill

2nd Feb, 2022 | 7:57pm

West Ham had loan-to-buy deal agreed for Duvan Zapata, not enough time

The last gasp deal to bring Duvan Zapata to West Ham on deadline day was agreed with Atalanta but there was no time to complete it, report The Athletic.

A deal was reached for a £4million loan to buy move in the final hours of the window but it was not possible to get everything completed before the deadline, leaving The Hammers empty handed across the whole month.

The club had spent most of the day chasing Benfica striker Darwin Nunez (Sky Sports) in a deal that Alex Crook of talkSPORT has said was a “nightmare deal” that would have been impossible on deadline day.

And yet there was an agreement that was possible for a player that Sam Allardyce once wanted to bring to East London (Daily Mail), and details have now emerged.

Writing in The Athletic, Roshane Thomas reports: “At 7pm on deadline day, West Ham United made one last valiant attempt to sign a striker.

“They were informed of Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata’s availability.

“West Ham submitted a deal sheet to the Premier League and offered the Serie A side a £4 million loan fee, with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

“Atalanta agreed but given the time constraints, it was too late to get the transfer over the line for the Colombia international.”

Lack of planning

The infuriating information keeps coming for West Ham fans in the fall out from a transfer window that held high hopes, that the club might kick on from the great start to the year.

Instead nothing has changed and all they are left with is recriminations towards the manager and board, amid growing suggestions that they did not know what they were doing, or they were not actually trying to do it.

Simon Jordan on talkSPORT has been forceful in his accusations that the huge bids for Leeds stars Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha were made in full knowledge that they would not work, and the Nunez deal has been written off as a fool’s errand too.

Moyes has since come out to hail the support of the board in making “three club-record bids”, but bids are nothing if they are not successful.

If the manager could not identify any viable player to come in and help the team at this crucial point, and the only player they did secure a deal for did not even get started until four hours before the deadline, it does not reflect well on the decision makers at all.

In other West Ham news, the club reportedly have no option to buy this loan star at the end of his contract.