It was like groundhog day when reports began to emerge that West Ham United were in for Michy Batshuayi on deadline day.
The Belgian opted for London rivals Chelsea instead but has proved an expensive flop.
As as a result the 24-year-old has been linked with both loan and permanent moves to the London Stadium since.
And that was the case yet again on deadline day as reports emerged Batshuayi was wanted by the Hammers on loan (Sky Sports).
Wage demands, Spurs preference then Palace shock
Wage demands were touted as a stumbling block before the striker eventually snubbed West Ham for a third time by signing for London rivals Crystal Palace.
That led to something of a backlash from supporters on Twitter, hitting out at co-owner David Gold – read full story here.
But West Ham quite simply dropped a clanger wasting their time pursuing a player who has clearly never had any interest in playing for the club.
According to Sky Sports Batshuayi preferred a move to West Ham’s bitter rivals Spurs. He has previously been on loan at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia. Both well known European clubs.
Hammers dropped clanger wasting time chasing flop
The common theme? Batshuayi has flopped at all of them.
It appears he has been more interested in filling his CV with impressive clubs than making his decisions based on where he will get some much-needed game time and the room to thrive.
So his subsequent move to Palace has just left supporters perplexed.
Yes Batshuayi would have suited the way West Ham play under Manuel Pellegrini.
Yes he would have been a good addition to breathe a bit of life into the club’s faltering campaign.
Proof West Ham recruitment still has a long way to go
But this was a player who should have been struck off West Ham’s list long ago.
Hammers fans have great pride in their club. They don’t take too kindly to players snubbing them once let alone three times.
He even once mocked West Ham on Twitter after criticism from fans over his decision to go to Chelsea over them (The Express).
Batshuayi should never have been given the chance to complete such an unwelcome hat-trick of snubs.
West Ham’s recruitment has improved markedly. But the Batshuayi saga proves West Ham’s owners still have a long way to go on that front.