West Ham spent over £100m on new players this summer but still sit bottom of the league.
Four consecutive losses in the Premier League have left the Hammers at the foot of the table, despite bringing in new manager Manuel Pellegrini this summer and spending big.
As well as signing a host of new players, West Ham also missed out on several targets.
This includes Benfica starlet Joao Felix, with a future deal looking increasingly unlikely, judging by reports in Portugal.
West Ham’s summer target
During the summer transfer window, Sky Sports reported West Ham’s interest in Felix. The 18-year-old was one of four Portuguese top division players targeted by the Irons.
As it happened, Xande Silva was the only one to arrive. He penned a deal after leaving Vitoria Guimaraes and has already impressed at youth level.
Yacine Brahimi and Moussa Marega, both at Porto, were two other targets that West Ham missed out on.
Felix had never played for Benfica’s team but he was still a target for West Ham. He had impressed for Benfica B but West Ham missed the chance to snap him up during the close season.
Felix set for new Benfica deal
West Ham failed to sign Felix in the summer transfer window but he was thought to be one for the future anyway.
The East London club were set to return for him in another window. But this now looks unlikely after recent reports.
According to Portuguese media outlet Record, Felix is set to be offered a lucrative new contract at Benfica.
The Portuguese giants will offer him a deal lasting until 2023 with a buy-out clause of €120m.
Could he still join West Ham?
West Ham’s hopes of landing Felix in January or next summer hinge on two conditionals.
Firstly, the Hammers must hope Felix rejects this new contract offer and then they must beat a number of clubs to his signature.
If he continues to perform at a high level, the big clubs across Europe will start to take an interest.
Borussia Dortmund were already rivalling West Ham for Felix and his recent displays will have attracted more admirers.
Missing out was a major error
The talented teenager has broken into the first-team at Benfica this season and made the step up with aplomb.
Felix has played five games for Benfica’s senior side this season, thriving in an attacking midfield role.
The Portugal under-21 international, who is highly rated by club and country, even netted a late equaliser against Sporting Lisbon in a derby clash in the Portuguese capital.
Felix did not let the occasion get the better of him. In the toughest challenge of his career to date, he stepped up and produced a piece of magic.
This Portuguese starlet is going to go a long way in the game. It is a major shame that West Ham missed out on him this summer and now look to be priced out of a move.