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Player West Ham could've signed for £34m last summer now has £100m price tag slapped on his head
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Player West Ham could've signed for £34m last summer now has £100m price tag slapped on his head

A player West Ham could’ve signed for £34m last summer now has £100m price tag slapped on his head according to a new report.

The world and its wife knew West Ham were looking to sign a striker last summer and again in January.

And one of David Moyes’s prime targets was Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham according to a host of reports which first started towards the end of last season.

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West Ham were effectively told the price they had to pay to sign Abraham from Chelsea after Roma had a £34 million bid accepted by the Blues for the longstanding Hammers target in August.

According to Sky Sports at the time, Chelsea accepted the Serie A side’s bid but Abraham was very much undecided as he waited to see if rival interest from the likes of West Ham came to fruition.

In the end Abraham went to Roma and West Ham failed to sign a striker, an unwelcome feat they repeated in January.

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West Ham fans have watched on angrily as Abraham has been a revelation at Roma, scoring 17 goals in 33 appearances including 15 in 29 Serie A matches.

Hammers supporters were pushing for the club to sign Abraham from Chelsea when the chance was there.

And it seems West Ham fans certainly know what they are talking about.

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Proof it would have been a seriously sound financial – as well as football – investment by West Ham has emerged from Italy.

Because the player West Ham could’ve signed for £34m last summer now has £100m price tag slapped on his head.

According to The Daily Mail, Roma will listen to offers meeting their £100m valuation for the former West Ham target this summer.

That’s because Chelsea have a £67m buy-back clause in the deal in 2023 – something that the Hammers were reportedly reluctant to agree to when showing interest in Abraham last year.

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That is understandable because Moyes is trying t o build a side to compete with the likes of Chelsea not pander to them.

But West Ham could have had a top striker for two seasons AND nearly doubled their money if they’d struck a similar deal with Chelsea.

On the other hand they could have had Abraham for a season and – like Roma appear to be planning to do – sold him for an outrageous profit.

Could have, would have, should have. Same old story with West Ham when it comes to strikers.

Let’s hope all that changes this summer.

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