West Ham signed Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer.

The Frenchman has struggled to establish himself in east London, however. He has scored just four times for the Hammers, and his £45 million price-tag is now under real scrutiny.

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Things might have been different for West Ham though.

According to Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi, the Hammers were keen to sign Lazio hitman Ciro Immobile.

The Mirror claimed that the Italy international could have been signed for £45 million in the summer – the same fee the east London outfit laid out for Haller.

And West Ham might just regret not signing the lethal 29-year-old hitman.

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Ciro Immobile (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Immobile has been absolutely on fire for Lazio this season. He has racked up 19 goals in 17 appearances thus far.

 

The Italian has now scored 79 goals in his last 110 games for Lazio.

Immobile is perfectly built for the Premier League. He is incredibly strong, relishes a physical challenge, and can hold the ball up with his back to goal.

SS Lazio v Udinese Calcio - Serie A

Ciro Immobile (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Lazio hitman would have been an outstanding addition for West Ham, and it could be argued that he would have been a much better option for them than Haller.

Immobile is four years older than Haller, however, so the Hammers probably got better value for money by signing the Frenchman.

In spite of that though, they will still surely regret having not signed the Italy international.

He would have been a guaranteed hit at the London Stadium. But it seems as though they ship has sailed now.

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