According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham passed up on the chance to sign Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane for just £10 million in the summer of 2014.

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And what a huge mistake that looks like now from the Hammers.

The Senegal international played for Red Bull Salzburg at the time, and he eventually left the Austrian side to link up with Southampton in a £10 million deal in August 2014 (BBC).

The 28-year-old then went on to join Liverpool from the Saints in the summer of 2016, for a fee believed to be worth £34 million (BBC).

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Sadio Mane (Photo by Visionhaus)

And Mane has been a huge hit at Anfield.

The pacy attacker has racked up 77 goals and 34 assists in 161 appearances for Liverpool thus far (Transfermarkt).

And as recently as April last year, the Reds ace was valued at a staggering £132 million (The Daily Mail). So it is safe to say that West Ham made somewhat of an error.

Mane has gone on to become one of the best forwards in world football.

 

£10 million for Mane would have been a coup

And missing out on him should serve as a lesson to the West Ham owners.

Mane was just 22 at the time. He clearly had a lot of potential, but perhaps wasn’t the finished article.

Liverpool FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Sadio Mane (Photo by Visionhaus)

And the east London outfit should have just taken a punt on the Reds ace. Sometimes you have to take a gamble, if you are going to make real progress.

The Hammers board need to show some real ambition. Something they haven’t really done during their 10-year tenure at the club.

Jurgen Klopp will be delighted that he brought the Senegalese ace to Liverpool. And David Moyes would surely love to have someone like him at West Ham.

In truth, however, had the Hammers signed Mane six years ago, he would probably have since left the London Stadium for one of Europe’s elite clubs.

But at least West Ham would have made a massive profit.

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