According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham were offered the chance to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin before he joined Leeds on loan in January.
The 22-year-old joined the Whites on loan from RB Leipzig in January until the end of the season.
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The Frenchman joined the Bundesliga outfit from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 for around €13 million (£11.5 million), according to Goal.
Augustin made a decent start to life with Leipzig, scoring 20 goals in 67 appearances (Transfermarkt).
That didn’t stop the German side loaning him out to Leeds in January though.
West Ham had the chance to sign the Frenchman before he joined the west Yorkshire outfit, however, according to Football Insider.
Augustin has really struggled to establish himself at Elland Road.
The 22-year-old has made just three appearances for Leeds thus far. All three of those have come from the substitutes bench for a grand total of just 49 minutes.
In those outings, Augustin has failed to score a goal or register an assist. He has averaged only one shot per game, but has recorded an impressive pass completion rate of 100% (Who Scored).
Bielsa biding his time with the striker
He obviously hasn’t been given enough of a chance to prove himself with Leeds.
And it could be argued that the 22-year-old might have been given more opportunities at West Ham.
It will be interesting to see whether Marcelo Bielsa hands Augustin more game-time whenever Championship action resumes.
The Frenchman proved that he has the quality during his time with Leipzig. But for some reason, Bielsa has been extremely reluctant to start him for Leeds thus far.