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The one that got away: N’Golo Kante and West Ham

The one that got away: N’Golo Kante and West Ham

Sometimes a club can miss out on a transfer that will haunt them forever. West Ham United are one such team that can firmly put themselves on the list!

Up until recently, the Hammers have been short of some real quality in areas of the field. Manuel Pellegrini appears to have changed the club since taking over and has helped to turn them into a more attacking and ambitious team with their style of play, whilst they certainly have better players than they have had in the past few years.

Slaven Bilic tried to bring in a number of men during his time as manager to try and improve his squad, however, many of them failed to provide him with the returns he would have hoped they would.

Alex Song was one man that disappointed many with his performances when he signed in 2015 and it seems he was favoured over an unknown quantity who would turn out to be one of the best footballers in the game at the moment.

The One That Got Away – N’Golo Kante and West Ham

According to a report by Football.London, West Ham are thought to have made enquiries regarding N’Golo Kante before he even made it to the Premier League.

Still playing for Caen in Ligue 1, the Hammers are believed to have been told that the diminutive midfielder was valued at around £5million – a far cry from the £90m Transfermarkt currently value him at now!

As we all know, he would go on and end up joining Leicester City in a deal worth an alleged £5.6m and he has proved ever since just how good of a buy he could have been if the Hammers looked to sign him when they had the chance!

In his first year in English football, Kante earned himself an excellent reputation and shone as the Foxes made history and capped off an incredible season with the Premier League title.

A move to Chelsea happened the following season for a fee thought to have been worth £32m (Sky Sports) and he has since become a key individual for the Blues and has helped them win a number of trophies during his time at Stamford Bridge – a near 500% profit for Leicester!


He has also gone on to receive recognition with the France national side and added a World Cup winner’s medal to his trophy cabinet last summer.

Although Declan Rice has emerged in recent seasons and looks destined to reach the top, Kante is arguably at another level than the young Englishman at the moment.

It would have been truly amazing to see the pair together in action at the London Stadium, however, Bilic made an awful decision and decided Song was his best option moving forward (oops!).

West Ham fans, how gutted are you to have missed out on Kante when you had the chance to sign him in 2015? Let us know below!

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