By Dean White

25th Jan, 2022 | 8:24pm

West Ham table bid to sign Duje Caleta-Car, Marseille respond

West Ham have tabled a bid to sign Duje Caleta-Car on loan from Marseille, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on Tuesday [25 January, page 75] that Marseille rejected the loan offer and that West Ham would have to present a permanent bid in order to sign the 25-year-old cente-back.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Monday night [24 January, 07:35pm], Kaveh Solhekol reported that Les Olympiens want around £16.8million Caleta-Car, who’s been capped 20 times by Croatia.

Last-ditch efforts

David Moyes has less than a week to get any outstanding business done and dusted but you get the feeling that with each passing day, our chances of signing new players get lower and lower.

Before the January transfer window opened, there were a few areas that needed to be added to.

Moyes needed to add to his defence in the left-back and centre-back roles but perhaps above all else, he needed to sign a centre-forward.

Since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax last January, that area has been a problem and the Hammers haven’t exactly been short of cash in trying to find a new back-up solution for Michail Antonio.

We’ve seen loads of reports saying that Moyes has cash to spend this month but it seems as though he may be being too picky or other clubs are simply pricing us out of a move.

It’s a real shame but we still have some faith that Moyes can bring players in before the deadline.

But Caleta-Car isn’t someone who excites us despite Croatian teammate Dejan Lovren tipping him to “explode” and play in the Premier League in the future [La Provence, 2020].

Marseille, understandably, won’t agree a loan deal and want a big fee for their Croatian defender.

You can’t blame them but we do not think Moyes can justify spending that much on someone who may be fourth of fifth in the centre-back pecking order next season once Angelo Ogbonna is back from injury.

In other West Ham news, a former FIFA official is raving about the PGMOL after what happened in the loss to Manchester United.