West Ham United fans look to have finally got to the truth when it comes to the club’s move for former Real Madrid and Spain superstar Guti back in 2012.
Sam Allardyce was keen to bring Guti to the club to add some experience for West Ham’s return to the top flight that season.
Did legendary playmaker really nearly join West Ham?
But the move never materialised.
Now, eight years on, reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has confirmed the club did move for Guti.
And Ex says the now Almeria boss had been training with West Ham ahead of an expected move.
A throwback video was posted on Twitter showcasing Guti’s amazing passing and playmaking skills.
And one West Ham fan replied to it with a question for ExWHUemployee about the 2012 interest.
Insider confirms great Guti trained with Hammers
“Yes, he trained with us but it was after he left Besiktas in Turkey following his time in Madrid,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
Yes, he trained with us but it was after he left Besiktas in Turkey following his time in Madrid ⚒ https://t.co/j4Bop7oB5l
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) June 14, 2020
So there you have it West Ham fans, the interest in Guti was genuine and not just media speculation.
Whether West Ham would have been signing the real Guti is another thing entirely, though.
He had a fine season at Besiktas scoring seven goals and providing a number of assists in 23 appearances.
But he was deemed surplus to requirements after one year and was released.
What West Ham would do for a Guti right now
What West Ham would give for a playmaker like Guti right now with the Premier League restart looming.
David Moyes has nine games in six weeks to keep West Ham in the top flight.
Before the enforced break Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko had all struggled for fitness or form.
One man who would certainly appreciate Guti’s talents is Hammers striker Sebastien Haller.
The record £45million signing has cut a lonely figure up front for West Ham since signing.
He has just seven goals in 29 appearances. But much of that is down to the fact West Ham have not been set up to get the best out of the Frenchman.
Haller has reportedly looked sharp, though, in West Ham’s pre-restart games against QPR and Crystal Palace with a goal in each game.