West Ham have failed in a bid to bring Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha on loan to Upton Park.
Sam Allardyce urgently needs another central defender after Winston Reid was ruled out for six weeks with a dislocated shoulder. "My main priority is to find a central defender to loan for the next two or three months," Allardyce said.
A bid for Onuoha - who has made just one appearance for City this season - would have offered a good solution, but the player has rejected the move. A West Ham source told ESPNsoccernet: "I suppose he doesn't fancy moving south or doesn't want to go out on loan."
Onuoha had a successful loan spell with Sunderland last season.
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