According to a report from ESPN, West Ham want to sign Ashley Young from Manchester United this month.

It now appears that the 34-year-old is heading to Inter Milan in a £1.5 million deal, however, according to the Daily Mail.

Young has been a fine player throughout his career thus far.

He burst onto the scene with Watford around 15 years ago, before securing a £10 million switch to Aston Villa in 2007 (The Telegraph).

Four years later he got his big move, joining Manchester United for around £17 million (BBC Sport).

Before all of that, however, he could have been a West Ham player.

According to a report form the Guardian, the Hammers made an £8 million bid for Young in January 2007, when the now United player was just 21.


The 34-year-old was an exciting, pacy winger back then and a far cry from the experienced full-back that he has evolved into.

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Ashley Young (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

What might have been…

At the time, West Ham were managed by Alan Curbishley, and the club was owned by Icelandic businessman Eggert Magnusson.

The Hammers had been back in the Premier League for one season following their hiatus in the Championship, and ended up finishing in 15th position. Aston Villa, meanwhile, were challenging for the top four, and were embarking on three consecutive sixth placed finishes.

So it was no surprise really that Young chose to move to Villa Park in the end.

And he went on to be a huge success in the game, earning 39 international caps for England in the process.

Had West Ham have made a higher offer for Young 13 years ago, then who knows? He could have ended up in east London.

But now it’s very much a case of what might have been for the Hammers, as they look set to miss out on Young for a second time.

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