West Ham signed Sebastien Haller for around £45 million in the summer. They were allegedly tracking Maxi Gomez before they moved for the Frenchman, however.
Sky Sports reported in July that the Hammers were very keen to land the Uruguayan, and that the player himself wanted to move to the London Stadium.
Gomez ended up joining Valencia instead of West Ham, however, for around £45 million on a five-year deal, according to Sky Sports.
At the time, Hammers fans were disappointed that they missed out on the 23-year-old.
The blow has undoubtedly been softened by Haller’s fine start to life in the Premier League, however.
Having said that, West Ham fans will surely still be keen to see how Gomez is getting on in Spain.
So how has Gomez settled into life at Valencia?
The Uruguay international has made a decent start at the Mestalla. He has racked up three goals in six appearances for Los Che, and he scored a stunning bicycle kick against Getafe on Wednesday night.
Gomez has made two starts for Valencia, and four substitute appearances. He has played 265 minutes, with Albert Celades obviously preferring to ease the striker in slowly.
The 23-year-old will be happy with his strike-rate of one goal in every two games, and he will surely improve upon that with the more starts that he receives.
Gomez has a very high ceiling, and he has all of the attributes needed to go on and become one of the world’s best centre-forwards.
And West Ham could be left regretting not paying Celta Vigo the £45 million up front for his services.
Hopefully Haller will succeed at the London Stadium. But even that won’t stop the Hammers fans from thinking what might have been regarding Gomez.