According to a report from Esportes Yahoo, West Ham had an €18 million (£16.2 million) bid rejected for Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez in the summer.

It was well-known that the Hammers wanted to bolster their defensive ranks in the summer.

West Ham were linked with a plethora of centre-backs including the likes of Chilean ace Guillermo Maripan (Mundo Deportivo) and Gary Cahill (ExWHUemployee).

Eventually, however, the east London outfit settled for 18-year-old Gonçalo Cardoso.

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Gustavo Gomez (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

The teenager has failed to make a single appearance yet for the Hammers though.

It seems as though West Ham had their eye on someone else, however.

 

Manuel Pellegrini wanted to sign Gustavo Gomez, according to a report from Esportes Yahoo.

The Hammers allegedly lodged a £16.2 million bid for the defender – one that was subsequently rejected by Palmeiras.

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Gustavo Gomez (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

The well-built 26-year-old has 33 caps for Paraguay to his name, and his no-nonsense approach to defending would have made him ideally suited to the Premier League.

Gomez also has experience of playing in Europe, having made 20 appearances for AC Milan earlier on in his career.

He would have been a very useful addition for West Ham. Whether they will go back in for him or not remains to be seen, however.

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