West Ham United were said to be frontrunners for Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez in the January window.
According to a report from Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, West Ham were favourites to sign Vazquez in January.
The 28-year-old is a real talent. He has three Champions League winner’s medals to his name.
West Ham were ‘frontrunners’ for Real Madrid star Vazquez
And Vazquez boasts pace and skill along with a low centre of gravity that would undoubtedly serve him well in the Premier League.
And he can also operate in the number 10 role.
The Sun claimed in the summer that the Madrid ace could be available for around £27 million.
That would seem a bargain. Particularly with the futures of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini uncertain and Robert Snodgrass another year older.
Hammers to miss out?
But West Ham did not push through a move for Vazquez in the end in January. The Hammers were more focused on loan deals with the option to buy, like that struck to sign Tomas Soucek.
And now David Moyes faces missing out after a new report claimed a move to MLS could be in the offing instead.
In an interview with ESPN, the reported Hammers target says he would ‘love’ a move to MLS. And if he doesn’t get it, Vazquez admitted he wants to retire at Real Madrid.
“It would be incredible, I’d love to play in MLS one day,” the winger said (ESPN).
Moyes must look elsewhere
“I love basketball. I love the teams of Lebron James.
“I’m really proud to be a part of Real Madrid, the best team in the world. It is a joy to be able to play there every day.
“I try not to let praise or criticism affect me. I try to always give my all, and I have the ambition to improve every day. The truth is I hope to be able to retire at Real Madrid.”
It seems if Moyes wants to freshen up his playmakers this summer, he will now have to look elsewhere.