Former Hammer Don Hutchison has revealed he recommended Aston Villa bound attacker Leon Bailey to West Ham United three years ago.

It is the worst kept secret in football that West Ham are looking for a new forward and attacking midfielder this summer.

But David Moyes is yet to get the main he wants.

West Ham’s rivals like Leicester and Aston Villa seem to be having no such trouble, though.

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Aston Villa set to splash out on speed demon forward recommended to West Ham owners three years ago

Leicester signed reported West Ham target Patson Daka. And now Aston Villa look set to complete the exciting signing of Bayer Leverkusen winger and forward Leon Bailey (Birmingham Mail).

Bailey, 23, scored nine goals and laid on eight assists in 25 appearances for Leverkusen last season playing as a wide forward.

He also had a very good average match rating of 7.26 (WhoScored).

Pace is the key commodity in the Premier League. And like Daka, Bailey is also rapid.

In fact the Aston Villa bound Jamaican winger set the third-fastest speed since records began in the Bundesliga when he reached 22.62mph in a game against Hertha Berlin.

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Don’s despair as ex Hammer Hutchison claims owners ignored advice to sign Leon Bailey long before he became £30m star

And it seems Aston Villa’s gain is West Ham’s loss.

That’s after former West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison revealed he told the Hammers hierarchy they should sign Bailey over three years ago before he left Genk for just £17m.

“Told West Ham about this guy three years ago,” Hutchison – who made over 100 appearances across two spells for the Hammers – said on Twitter in response to news of Bailey’s impending Aston Villa move.

Not the first time Hutchison has claimed his scouting tips are ignored by West Ham

Hutchison has a keen eye for a player in his role as a pundit working across Europe’s top leagues.

He has been a pundit since his retirement and has spent several years commentating on Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A matches.

It is not the first time Hutchison has spoken out about West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold ignoring his advice.

The ex Hammer said he was ignored when recommending young Bayern Munich midfielder Mickael Cuisance.

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And before that Hutch told West Ham fans he has tried and failed to flag up players to owners Sullivan and Gold in the past but they ‘don’t listen’.

In fairness to the club this is a different regime now where Moyes is in complete control of transfers. And the Scot will only sign players HE wants at the football club.

Given West Ham’s success with recruitment over the last 18 months it makes sense to continue to back the manager’s judgement in that respect.

That being said, had Sullivan and Gold listened to Hutchison’s advice three years ago they could have got Bailey for half the price Villa are signing him for now.

In other news, West Ham fan group announce new GSB OUT protests.

And West Ham insider delivers Tammy Abraham update.

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