East End club are still hoping to sign the forward however.
West Ham United have failed in an audacious bid to sign coveted Sevilla front man Alvaro Negredo this summer, says the Daily Mirror.
The prolific Spain international has been with Sevilla for the past four seasons now, having joined the high-flying Liga outfit for 15 million euros on a five-year deal from Almeria in July 2009.
And in the intervening four-year period the 27-year-old has featured in 180 matches for Sevilla in all competitions, netting an impressive 85 goals in the process, including 70 strikes in just 139 Liga contests.
Consequently, a whole range of clubs from across the Continent have reportedly been tracking the attacker for some time now, including fellow Premier League outfits such as Manchester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
However, it is the Hammers who have now actually lodged a firm bid with Negredo’s employers, although it has fallen some way short of Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido’s valuation of the player.
“He [Negredo] has four years left on his contract. He is at home here. He has scored a lot of goals and delighted us with his football,” said del Nido.
“The summer will tell us in due course if he will still be with us, but if you ask my opinion I’d rather there were no bids. West Ham offered 17m euros in cash with more in incentives but we do not value the offer and the player refused.”