Former Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson has told Tribal Football that both West Ham and Liverpool were amongst the clubs who were ‘seriously’ interested in signing Alphonso Davies a couple of years back.
The Canada international eventual left the Whitecaps for Bayern Munich in January 2019. And the rest is history.
The 19-year-old wonderkid is now now one of the most highly rated young players in the game.
He has been absolutely sensational for Bayern. Davies has racked up four goals and eight assists in 45 games for the Bavarian giants (Transfermarkt).
His performance away at Chelsea in the Champions League was exceptional. And it was one that really caught the attention of every football fan globally.
The teenager has been so impressive that he has ousted the brilliant David Alaba from the left-back spot at the Allianz Area. The Austrian is mostly now deployed at centre-back.
Davies continues to make progress. And that will not surprise anyone who knew him during his Vancouver Whitecaps days.
Canadian could have moved to England
His former boss Carl Robinson told Tribal Football that West Ham and Liverpool showed serious interest in signing the young Canadian 18 months before he made the switch to Bayern:
“Whenever you have someone about 15 or 16 years of age playing first team football it gets flagged by the big clubs. On our preseason tour of Wales, it wasn’t just your usual suspects like Liverpool or West Ham. But Swansea and Crystal Palace also had some serious interest. They didn’t exactly agree with his value at the time, however. Bayern were interested 18 months prior to him signing, they kept regular contact and made him feel warm, welcomed and valued.”
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Hammers boss David Moyes would obviously have loved to have Davies at their clubs now. In hindsight, missing out on the Bayern ace seems like a huge mistake.
Klopp does have Andy Robertson at Anfield, however. Meanwhile, Moyes has Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku at the London Stadium…so the Scot will feel more frustrated at having missed out on Davies.
It was around the summer of 2017 that the Hammers allegedly wanted to sign the left-back, however. So Moyes can’t be blamed.
It is now claimed that it will cost around £100 million to prise the Canadian away from Munich (Daily Star).
And West Ham and Liverpool seemingly could have picked him up for peanuts.
Davies will definitely be viewed as the one who got away in east London and on Merseyside.