Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek almost joined West Ham for £35million in January but chose AC Milan instead.
Sportitalia claimed the Hammers had a £35million bid accepted for Piatek when Marko Arnautovic was agitating for a move.
The Poland international, 24, has a fearsome record of a goal every other game in his career for club and country so far.
His performances for Genoa – where he scored 13 goals in 19 games before Christmas last season – attracted the attentions of a host of clubs including West Ham and Milan.
West Ham were serious contenders for Piatek
A gentleman’s agreement between Milan and Genoa over players meant Piatek’s move eventually swung in the favour of the San Siro giants.
But Piatek has since told Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy West Ham were serious contenders for his signature.
“West Ham also made a big offer, but Genoa turned it down, as they have a very good relationship with Milan and wanted to give them the priority,” Piatek told Przeglad Sportowy back in January.
“With all due respect to West Ham, Milan are a much bigger club. The money might’ve been the same, but at this stage of my career, money is not the most important thing. I have the chance to play in the Champions League here.”
Well not for much longer it seems.
Milan move turns sour as striker is made available for loan
Piatek has scored just once in the last five games and only three times this season overall.
Even going back to last term, after a flurry of goals once he signed for Milan, Piatek only scored four in the final three months of the campaign.
That could clear the path for West Ham to renew their interest.
West Ham should reignite interest
Particularly given the ridiculous lack of options at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal this season.
Sebastien Haller is the only proven striker on West Ham’s books.
And the £45million man has cut an increasingly isolated and frustrated figure up front during West Ham’s dismal winless run stretching back seven games over two months.
If the Hammers show some ambition and strike up a loan deal in January with the option to buy it could suddenly transform the whole side.