West Ham came incredibly close to signing Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo in the summer.
Sky Sports reported in July that the Hammers were closing in on a deal to sign the Uruguay international for around £43.3 million. And the player himself was allegedly keen on a move to the London Stadium.
The 23-year-old ended up joining Valencia, however. And he has bagged six goals in 17 appearances for Los Che thus far.
West Ham signed Sebastien Haller after their move for Gomez fell through. And the Frenchman has struggled to establish himself in east London, scoring just four times so far this season.
Hammers fans will be left wondering what might have been.
And Gomez spoke about his failed move to West Ham, during an exclusive interview with the Guardian:
“There was a lot of talk of a lot of clubs – Barcelona, England – but I left it with my sister, my family. They were the ones who handled it all with my agents. West Ham was real, a big club. But the truth is that when I found out about Valencia I didn’t hesitate: because of the language, the club, the league.”
West Ham fans will still be hoping that Haller comes good. They will be left wondering how Gomez would have fared in east London, however.
It is clear to see that the Uruguayan opted for Valencia over West Ham because he felt at home in Spain. And because of that, it is obvious that there was little the Hammers could have done to convince him to move to the Premier League.