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Looking back at when West Ham tried to sign reported target Filip Stankovic's father in 2012
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Looking back at when West Ham tried to sign reported target Filip Stankovic's father in 2012

According to a report from Italian publication Calcio Mercato, West Ham are interested in signing Inter Milan youngster Filip Stankovic.

And in an interesting twist of fate, the Hammers actually tried to sign the 17-year-old’s father Dejan in 2012.

According to the Daily Mail, in the summer of 2012, having secured promotion from the Championship, then West Ham boss Sam Allardyce allegedly wanted to bring the 33-year-old Inter Milan legend to east London.

Dejan Stankovic (Photo by Marco Luzzani – Inter/FC Internazionale via Getty Images)

Stankovic was, and still is, an absolute legend in the game. With 42 international caps for Serbia, six league titles and a Champions League winner’s medal to his name during spells with Lazio and Inter, it is little wonder why the Hammers were reportedly so keen to sign him.

The now 41-year-old made 546 club appearances during his glittering career. He racked up 79 goals and 54 assists in the process (Transfermarkt).

Eventually a move to east London didn’t work out for Stankovic. His wage demands were too high for West Ham, according to the Daily Mail.

Filip Stankovic (Photo by Claudio Villa – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

And now, according to Calcio Mercato, the Hammers have switched their attention to Dejan’s son – Filip.

The 17-year-old did tell Inter’s official website how the Nerazzurri are his dream club, however. So West Ham might find it hard to prise the teenager away from the San Siro in the summer.

Either way, it is a really interesting quirk of fate that the Hammers are reportedly trying to sign the son of a player they allegedly targeted eight years ago.