West Ham United were knocked back when they submitted a then club-record bid for striker Cedric Bakambu in 2017.
According to The Telegraph at the time, West Ham offered Villareal £22 million for the jet-heeled forward.
The Hammers were unsuccessful, though, and he was instead sold to Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan for a staggering £66 million.
The 27-year-old is a DR Congo international teammate of West Ham’s very own Arthur Masuaku.
Bakambu has been a success in China, scoring 19 goals and getting six assists in 23 games for Guoan.
Cedric coming Bak to Europe?
But he is now being linked with a return to Europe with both Valencia and Real Betis interested.
That’s according to France Football which claims a return to Europe is highly likely for the striker.
So should West Ham reignite their interest as Manuel Pellegrini stands at a crossroads over his forward line.
An over-reliance on Arnie
Andy Carroll is out of contract in the summer and does not fit into Pellegrini’s desired style of play.
Lucas Perez has failed to impress so far while Javier Hernandez cannot hold down a regular starting spot and has been linked with his own move to Spain.
There is an over-reliance on winger turned striker Marko Arnautovic while young Xande Silva has been given a chance as West Ham search for answers up front.
The more pace and finishing prowess West Ham can add to their side the better.
Superior finances in West Ham’s favour?
Bakambu would be a coup.
The striker has a formidable goal record of one every other game for club and country throughout his career.
Having been a star at one of Pellegrini’s former clubs and then in China where the Chilean was managing until joining the Hammers, the former Man City boss will be well aware of Bakambu’s talents.
Whether West Ham would get Bakambu on loan with an option to buy remains to be seen.
But the Hammers – officially the 17th richest football club in the world – have far superior finances to both Valencia and Betis.