David Moyes has ruled West Ham out of the running to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Abraham is understood to be one of Moyes’ top summer targets as he attempts to bolster his strikeforce.
But the Hammers boss says Abraham’s reported £40m price tag means the 23-year-old is well out of his range.
“It would rule us out completely. We will be ruled out,” said Moyes. “So if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.
“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no.
“Is that sort of figure our total spend? It may well be. But you never know here.
“I don’t think we will be making a purchase of that for any one player. I’d be surprised if we were.”
David Moyes has won the London Football Awards manager of the year trophy having surpassed all expectations with West Ham this season
Moyes could have his only recognised striker, Michail Antonio, back for Monday night’s trip to Burnley, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
West Ham head to Turf Moor following defeats by Newcastle and Chelsea but still in the hunt for a top-four finish.
“We can’t afford to drop too many points,” said Moyes.
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