WEST HAM were lining up a £1million bid for Callum Paterson before the Hearts defender’s horror injury.
According to reports, the London outfit’s manager Slaven Bilic was planning to send a scout to have one final look at the Scotland international right-back against Aberdeen last Friday.
However, Paterson, who is out of contract in the summer, now faces a 10-month lay-off after sustaining knee ligament damage in the previous game against Kilmarnock.
The Premier League club’s spying mission was cancelled and the Hammers will now turn their attention elsewhere.
Paterson had been tipped to leave Tynecastle this month with the likes of Derby and Wigan also linked with the 22-year-old full-back.
Hearts Director of Football Craig Levein insisted the player would not be allowed to leave the club in this transfer window for anything less than a seven-figure sum.
Now the goalscoring defender, who emerged last year as genuine international material, faces a sweat over his future as he attempts to fight back to full fitness.