WEST HAM made a low bid for Bayer Leverkusen centre half Odilon Kossounou before the transfer window shut.
Hammers moved for the Ivory Coast defender who has fallen out of favour a year after a major move to the Bundesliga.
However David Moyes’ money men only came up with £1million in a loan fee.
The 21-year-old defender signed for the Bundesliga side for £20m last summer.
But he has started just one league game this season.
Kossounou played 34 times in total last season, and has been capped 15 times by his country.
Ashby was initially being allowed to go after stalling on new terms.
But that was stopped when Ben Johnson picked up an injury.
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Leeds fancied Ashby strongly and are expected to return.
Although the Newcastle interest could die as it was a replacement for Emil Krafth who is out for the season.