West Brom’s club-record move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has fallen through on fitness grounds.
The 26-year-old had been expected to complete a switch to The Hawthorns on Thursday but the transfer appears to have collapsed as he will not be fit for the start of the season.
Albion were prepared to pay around £15million for Sakho but, while he has not failed a medical, the Baggies were reluctant to spend the significant sum without any guarantees he would be ready when they needed him.
Sakho wanted the move to the Midlands and the fee and wages were not an issue.
The deal could be resurrected in January with Albion still keen on the frontman but they are moving on to new targets with just over a week before the start of the Premier League season.
Sakho has scored 19 goals in 50 appearances for the Hammers since joining from Metz in 2014 but only started half their league games last season.