Last Updated: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:27
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the club have ended their interest in Gent striker Ilombe Mboyo following a fan protest.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has made it clear that he wants to add another striker to his squad and is looking at other targets after a move for Lille forward Salomon Kalou stalled.
Mboyo was believed to be one of the alternatives for Allardyce, the 26-year-old having scored 20 goals in 34 appearances in the Belgian Pro League last season.
However, talk of a move for the Belgium international sparked anger amongst the Upton Park faithful after it was revealed Mboyo had been convicted of gang rape and had served three years of an eight year prison sentence as a result.
Due to the unrest caused by talk of a move for Mboyo, Sullivan has now revealed West Ham won't be be following up their interest in the striker.
"I couldn't go against the supporters," Sullivan told the Mirror. "We wanted their opinions and they seem to have said no.
"We didn't sign El Hadji Diouf when the supporters indicated he'd not be acceptable to the club and we will not proceed on this occasion either."
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