West Ham United missed a trick letting Everton beat them to the bargain signing of Fabian Delph.
Indeed Manuel Pellegrini was said to have seen his versatility to operate in midfield alongside Declan Rice and as a left-back crucial.
Pellegrini wanted Delph reunion
The Chilean signed Delph when he was Manchester City boss.
So the pair were already well acquainted.
But while West Ham were distracted by their pursuit of top quality striker Everton swooped.
It means the Hammers must now suffer Carlos Sanchez in the side instead.
Hammers must suffer Sanchez instead
And based on his showings so far during not only his time at West Ham but also at Villa, it won’t be pretty.
The ageing midfielder is slow, ponderous in possession and rarely effective in doing his job of breaking up play.
Should Declan Rice suffer an injury West Ham would be dramatically weakened.
Delph has much more to his game as Everton fans will soon find out.
West Ham have missed a trick
The Toffees new boy is four years younger than Sanchez, more mobile and technically better in all areas of his game.
Even more frustratingly for West Ham, Pellegrini is on the verge of selling Pedro Obiang for the same kind of money which saw Everton land Delph (The Daily Mail).
And the new party line coming out of West Ham is that there is no more money for anymore signings (Claret & Hugh).
It is safe to say West Ham have really dropped the ball on this one.
Let’s just hope they don’t live to regret it.