West Ham United have been dealt with a blow after being unable to secure the signing of defender Aaron Long due to work permit hassles according to Sky Sports News.
The London-based club were linked with the New York Red Bulls player for a good while with various reports on their quest to snatch the defender.
West Ham are said to be looking for an additional player or two who can strengthen their back four and Long has been the player they have shown the most interest in - however, this has dampened their chances.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is being dealt with a frustrating blow and it reports suggests that the work permit issues will not be resolved before the close of the summer transfer window.
Long reportedly found himself on the radar of West Ham after he made it known that he would be keen on a move to England in hope of a new challenge.
The American international was crowned 2018 MLS Defender of the Year and was included in the national team squad due to his great displays.
The 29-year-old managed to make 92 appearances for NY Red Bulls where he has been playing for the past three years.
It is yet to be seen if West Ham will be able to secure their target before the transfer window closes in two weeks time.
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