West Ham had a £38 million bid rejected by Schalke for Suat Serdar before signing Tomas Soucek initially on loan in January 2020 according to a report from Kicker.
When David Moyes took over at the London Stadium for the second time in December 2019 he had one pressing priority.
And that was to add more energy, dynamism and athleticism to his ranks.
The Hammers ended up signing Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague on loan in January 2020 before making the deal for the Czech Republic international a permanent one in July last year for around £15 million (Daily Mail).
Things could have been very different, however.
West Ham had £38m Suat Serdar bid rejected
Kicker claims that the four-capped Germany international was a key target for the Hammers.
After having a mammoth bid rejected for the 24-year-old, however, West Ham moved on to Soucek. And the rest is history.
The 26-year-old Czech star has proven to be an absolutely brilliant addition for the Hammers.
Soucek has gone on to rack up 13 goals in 54 games for the East London outfit (Transfermarkt).
He is an absolute warrior, a leader of men and has already established himself as one of Moyes’s most important players.
Serdar could have been a success as well. But considering the fact that Soucek cost just £15 million, we think that West Ham made the right decision.
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For once, the Hammers owners seem to have nailed it rather than missed out on what would have been a superb signing!