October 28, 2020
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West Ham Bid For Caleta-Car Rejected, Defender Prefers Champions League Run, Report Says

KEY POINTS

  • Duje Caleta-Car has thumbed down West Ham’s offer to sign him, a report said
  • The defender wants to stick with Marseille and play in the Champions League
  • West Ham is running out of time to find a center-back

West Ham United FC may have to look elsewhere to fill in its center-back void with target Duje Caleta-Car opting to stick it out with Olympique de Marseille, a report said. The 24-year-old prefers to stay with Marseille and play in the Champions League, adding another big blow to the Hammers who have not had much luck in the transfer market.

The Guardian reported that Caleta-Car had no desire to leave Marseille, which has been drawn in the Champions League group that includes Manchester City, Olympiakos and Porto.

With the transfer window closing on Oct. 5, David Moyes and company will have to work fast and explore other options. Another

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Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car turns down chance to join West Ham

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West Ham’s search for a new centre-back has suffered another blow after they were turned down by Duje Caleta-Car, who wants to stay at Marseille and play in the Champions League.



Duje Ćaleta-Car with a football ball: Photograph: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty Images


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Photograph: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty Images

David Moyes is keen to strengthen his defence before the transfer window shuts on Monday night and was hopeful of signing Caleta-Car for around £20m. However, the 24-year-old Croatia centre-back has left West Ham disappointed after indicating that he has no desire to leave Marseille, who have been drawn in a Champions League group with Manchester City, Olympiakos and Porto.



Duje Ćaleta-Car in a blue uniform holding a ball: Duje Caleta-Car, the Croatian defender who plays for Marseille in Ligue 1, has turned down the chance to join West Ham.


© Photograph: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Duje Caleta-Car, the Croatian defender who plays for Marseille in Ligue 1, has turned down the chance to join West Ham.

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