West Ham United have reportedly suffered a blow in their bid to land Keita Balde as a marquee summer signing.
According to reports in the Italian media, Keita Balde will snub West Ham United’s interest in favour of joining Juventus.
Italian media outlet Premium Sport, reported via Il Bianconero, Keita Balde wants to join Juventus and will turn down offers from other teams to complete his desired move.
The Lazio star has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as West Ham United.
Predominantly a winger, Keita Balde can also play as a central striker and fits the bill as an exciting young attacker for the Hammers.
Plenty of reports have recently suggested that West Ham have had a €32m bid accepted by Lazio but it is just a matter of agreeing personal terms.
West Ham were hoping that Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate would convince the twelve-cap Senegal international to join them at the London Stadium.
However, the 22-year-old former Barcelona youth player has his heart set on a move to Juventus, according to recent reports emerging from Italy.
West Ham might have to pursue other options if this move fails to materialise.