Reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has claimed on Twitter that West Ham scouted Portuguese ace Diogo Jota on multiple occasions before he joined Wolves permanently in the summer of 2018.
Jota joined the Black Country outfit on a permanent €14 million (£12 million) deal from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2018 (Marca), having spent the previous campaign on loan at Molineux.
The forward has racked up 43 goals and 19 assists in 188 appearances for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side (Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old has been in sparkling form for Wolves of late, with six goals in his last three games.
Nuno’s side are flying high, whilst West Ham are really struggling. And how they could do with a player like Jota at the London Stadium at the moment.
And ExWHUemployee has claimed that the Hammers watched the Portuguese forward numerous times before he moved to Molinuex:
Yeah we looked at him a number of times https://t.co/o5pQyWN8Bs
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) March 1, 2020
For just £12.3 million, Jota has proven to be an absolute steal for Wolves. West Ham, meanwhile, continue to pay massive fees for players like Sebastien Haller. Who knows, the Frenchman still might come good.
But a lot can be said for Wolves’ recruitment policy.
And perhaps West Ham should try to learn more from their Premier League rivals.