Ryoichi Maeda: West Ham decide against signing Japan striker

West Ham decline to sign Japan striker Maeda after unsuccessful trial

West Ham have decided against signing Japan international Ryoichi Maeda after the Jubilo Iwata striker underwent a short trial at the club's Chadwell Heath training ground.

Maeda headed to London after being invited for a trial in December and spent three days being watched by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce and his team.

But the promotion-chasing east Londoners have decided against signing him up and have allowed him to return to his parent club.

Heading home: The Hammers have declined to sign Maeda

Heading home: The Hammers have declined to sign Maeda

Iwata club president Hiroyuki Yoshino said: 'We understand they were unable to agree terms.'

However, Maeda – who scored 14 goals in 28 league appearances last season – had high hoes this would be his chance of playing abroad.

Before his trial, he said: 'At my age, this is likely my last chance to play overseas and I want to do everything possible to make it happen.'

Thanks, but no thanks: Allardyce will look elsewhere for more firepower

Thanks, but no thanks: Allardyce will look elsewhere for more firepower