The top clubs in Europe want Fabian Ruiz, who nearly joined West Ham in the 2018 January transfer window.
According to The Guardian, Napoli midfielder Ruiz is on the radar of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City. He could be set for a big move in January or next summer.
However, it could have been very different. Ruiz was reportedly on West Ham’s radar in January 2018 while he was at Real Betis. Two years on, he could move again with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis demanding £155m (The Guardian).
More Moyes mistakes
Back in January 2018, West Ham were heavily linked with Ruiz. It was clear that a new central midfielder was needed and the Spaniard (who now has five senior caps) was an option.
Various media outlets, including ESPN, claimed that David Moyes would scout Ruiz in action against Barcelona. This was late in the January transfer window as Moyes weighed up his options.
However, speaking before the FA Cup loss against Wigan Athletic in late January, Moyes denied these rumours. He told a press conference (via whufc.com): “It’s not strange for a manager to go out and watch games. We go out and watch a lot of games and we want to be as up to date as we can be. Reports that I was watching Fabian at Betis was [sic] not right, though.”
This looks like yet another Moyes mistake at West Ham. The Scotsman only had one transfer window at the club and it was disastrous. His only permanent signing was Jordan Hugill, who has since proven to be a flop.
And Ruiz is one of a number of midfielders who failed to join West Ham that month. Others include James Maddison and Leander Dendoncker. With Ruiz now set for a big move, West Ham will be regretting the lack of activity in January 2018.