West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has confirmed that the Hammers were indeed close to signing Barcelona sensation Ansu Fati.
The 17-year-old whizzkid was close to leaving the Camp Nou in the summer. He eventually stayed with the Catalan giants, however, and he has really impressed for Ernesto Valverde’s side this season.
Bleacher Report claimed earlier this week that Fati was just one document away from joining West Ham.
There was allegedly a problem with his passport.
And what a brilliant coup he would have been for the Hammers.
ExWHUemployee responded on Twitter when he was asked if West Ham were really that close to signing the talented young attacker:
Apparently we were close to signing him yeah. How close I don’t know… https://t.co/gXNUQ2uKq4
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) November 21, 2019
Fati will undoubtedly go on to become one of the world’s best players if he continues to develop.
And West Ham will be kicking themselves for not getting a deal to sign the youngster over the line.
In truth, however, it seems as though there was not much that they could have done.