West Ham United were beaten by Everton to the signing of Dwight McNeil from Burnley in the summer transfer window.

The Hammers were actually believed to be in talks to sign McNeil, before Everton ended up beating us to his signature.

Everton boss Frank Lampard brought the 22-year-old to Goodison Park from Burnley for around £20 million in the summer (BBC).

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Meanwhile, West Ham signed Maxwel Cornet from Burnley for roughly £17.5 million (Sky Sports).

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And we think that the Hammers have got a far better player than the Toffees, for less money too!

At the time, I actually thought that McNeil wouldn’t have been the worst signing in the world for the Hammers.

It now seems as though we have had a lucky £20 million escape though…

Everton saved West Ham from £20 million Dwight McNeil mistake

We believe that the Hammers have got by far the better deal by signing Maxwel Cornet rather than McNeil in the summer transfer window.

McNeil has bagged only one goal and zero assists in 10 games for Everton so far this season (Transfermarkt).

Meanwhile, Cornet has bagged five assists in nine games for West Ham so far (Transfermarkt).

He had a perfectly good goal unfairly chalked off away at Chelsea last month as well.

The 26-year-old Ivorian is direct, pacy and has power and skill in abundance.

Everton signing Dwight McNeil in the summer saved West Ham from making a big mistake
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It is clear to see that once Cornet fully settles into life at the London Stadium, he will be a huge player for us.

Meanwhile, nobody actually knows McNeil’s best position for Everton. Is he a wing-back? A left or right winger? Or does he fall into the category of someone who will never nail down a regular starting place because of his so-called versatility?

We think it might be the latter.

And I truly believed that Everton signing Dwight McNeil in the summer will end up doing West Ham a big, big favour.

Because had the Hammers got the 22-year-old, we wouldn’t have signed Maxwel Cornet.

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