West Ham United have failed with a £6.5million bid for former Cardiff City enforcer Gary Medel, according to reports.
Besiktas have rejected the Hammers’ opening offer, but it is understood Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to sign a player who can add more steel to his midfield.
The Turkish club are in a state of financial crisis, but are refusing to sell the 31-year-old on the cheap.
With 114 international caps for Chile to his name, Medel would add experience and grit to a Hammers midfield which has been far too open at times this season.
But according to reports in Turkey, West Ham will have to increase their initial offer in order to prise another star asset away from the Super Lig club.
Former Real Madrid defender Pepe terminated his own contract before leaving the club, while Jermaine Lens has already been sold.
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The Hammers sent a delegation of representatives to the Super Lig side last Thursday as they tried, unsuccessfully, to bring the midfielder back to the Premier League.
During the 2013-14 season, Medel played 34 times for Cardiff City after arriving in a summer move from Sevilla. The tough-tackling star was unable to help the Bluebrids avoid relegation, before leaving the rock-bottom side to join Inter Milan.
After three seasons in Serie A, a move to Besiktas followed in 2017 where he signed a three-year deal.