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West Ham have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Diego Costa with just hours to spare on deadline day. The Spaniard is a free agent and is yet to find a new club since agreeing a mutual termination of his contract with Atletico Madrid.
The player parted company with the La Liga leaders at the end of 2020, six months before his contract was up in the Spanish capital.
Costa has received offers from Brazil, China and Turkey but is yet to make a final decision on his next club.
Ideally, the controversial striker would like to stay in Europe as he still believes he has what it takes to play at the top level.
The 32-year-old has been hindered by a host of injury problems in the past few seasons and appears to be in decline.
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At the beginning of the January transfer window, Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves were linked with a surprise move for Costa upon his departure from Atletico.
Yet none of those clubs were prepared to take a chance on the forward, who would still require a significant salary due to his previous earnings.
According to Italian beIN SPORTS journalist Tancredi Palmeri, West Ham have now been offered the chance to sign Costa.
He claims the player has been proposed to the Hammers in the final hours of the transfer window as their search for a forward draws to a conclusion.
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The club were keen on replacing record-signing Sebastien Haller, who they allowed to join Ajax for £22million earlier in the window.
However, they have been unable to bring in another striker but have strengthened in other areas of the pitch.
David Moyes conceded after the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool that he does not expect his club to make a late move for a striker.
He said: “I don’t really think we’ll be active at all, I think we’ve probably done our business unless something changes.
“We’ve got a squad of players I enjoy working with and I want to concentrate on them rather than people from other clubs.
“Hopefully we can try and continue the second half of the season as well as we started the first half of the season.”
West Ham recently saw a bid rejected for Sevilla frontman Youssef En-Nesyri.
There were also talks for Ligue 1 duo Boulaye Dia and Montpellier’s Gaetan Laborde.
None of those attempts were successful though but the Irons did manage to bring Jesse Lingard through the door from West Ham.
It’s clear that a late move for Costa is unlikely, even if West Ham were handed the chance to sign him.
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