Wilfried Bony seemed to be linked with a move to West Ham United in every transfer window for the last decade.
That’s no exaggeration either, just check Google.
Ironically Bony was signed, for a cool £28million no less, by current West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini during his time at Manchester City in 2015.
Sullivan claimed he could have signed Bony instead of Carroll for just £8m
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan famously told The Telegraph he regretted electing to sign Andy Carroll when he could have landed the Ivorian for just £8million.
Despite the constant links between Bony and West Ham, though, it never happened.
That in itself is somewhat surprising given West Ham’s penchant for cheap striker deals or loans under the tenure of Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold.
Now could fate see Bony come back to haunt the Hammers and his old boss Pellegrini?
Bony of contention
West Ham were drawn away to Newport in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Most neutrals will see the fixture as a foregone conclusion.
West Ham, with an expensively assembled squad headed by record £45million striker signing Sebastien Haller, against a side 15th in League Two – albeit after just two games.
But West Ham fans know better than to get ahead of themselves as the dire FA Cup exit to AFC Wimbledon last season testifies.
So what has this got to do with Bony?
He couldn’t come back to haunt Hammers? Could he?
The 30-year-old, who scored four goals for the Ivory Coast in the African Nations over the summer, is training with Newport (MEN).
And the striker could end up signing for the club as he bids to remain in South Wales where his family are settled after two spells with Swansea City.
It remains to be seen whether Newport can pull off what would be a massive coup.
But if they do West Ham fans will be fearing the worst when the tie is played in the week commencing August 26th.