West Ham chose not to sign Clermont forward Mohamed Bayo on transfer deadline day according to a report from Le 10 Sport.
The Hammers were allegedly not prepared to meet Clermont’s €10 million (£8.6 million) asking price for the 23-year-old.
So the question has to be asked – have West Ham made a big mistake?
David Moyes made some great signings during the summer transfer window. Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral were all brought to the London Stadium.
The one glaring omission was the addition of a centre-forward to provide competition for Michail Antonio, however.
West Ham not signing Bayo a mistake?
Le 10 Sport claimed that Moyes wanted to bring the Guinea international to the London Stadium 10 days before the transfer window closed.
The same publication then suggested that the Hammers chose not to pursue a move for the 23-year-old, however, when Clermont were demanding £8.6 million for him.
We think that price would have been a real bargain for Bayo.
The 23-year-old enjoyed promotion with Clermont last season and he really impressed with 22 goals and seven assists in 38 games (Transfermarkt).
At just 23, he has so much talent and potential. He is still very raw of course. He has all the skills needed but they need to be refined before he becomes an elite striker.
That’s what would have made him perfect for West Ham, however.
The problem that Moyes has in the summer was that funds were tight and what top class striker would have wanted to join the Hammers considering the fact that Michail Antonio is a shoo-in to play every week when fit?
Bayo would have been a signing for the future and he would have been the ideal understudy to the 31-year-old.
West Ham can go back in for the Clermont ace of course. But who’s to say that he won’t rip it up in Ligue 1 this season be worth three times the amount he was this summer?
We think West Ham might have just made a big mistake by not signing Bayo on deadline day. £8.6 million would have been a real coup.