The narrative that West Ham United need a striker that can find goals on a regular basis is one that has been told for as long as many fans can remember.
Sure, players have been brought into the club and have had varying degrees of success, whether that be at the Boleyn Ground or the London Stadium, however, the Hammers have not quite been able to find a centre-forward that has been able to do it on a consistent basis.
Admittedly, the club may have recently entered a new era under Manuel Pellegrini and things certainly look a little more optimistic for the Irons as they appear to have ambitious aims that they want to achieve in the near future.
However, a striker is still something that is going to be the main priority of theirs this summer as goals have still been something that they have found hard to come by at times.
And, if it were not for one club’s decision to reject an offer back in 2016, this particular narrative could have finally been put to bed years ago.
The one that got away – West Ham United and Alexandre Lacazette
According to a report by Sky Sports back on the final day of August in 2016, Olympique de Lyonnais had rejected a €50million (£42.7m at the time of conversion) offer from West Ham for Alexandre Lacazette.
Speaking to French broadcaster SFR Sport (per Sky Sports), president Jean-Michel Aulas said: “We’ve refused an offer of 50 million euros from West Ham for Alexandre Lacazette. We’ve even turned down more for him.”
At the time, the France international forward had been a consistent goalscorer for the Ligue 1 outfit and would have been the ideal man to arrive in east London.
However, as everyone knows, he signed for Arsenal just a year later and has since become a huge hit for the Gunners during his two seasons at the Emirates Stadium.
Lacazette, who was signed for a fee thought to be worth an initial £46.5m and could potentially rise up to £52.6m when add ons are included, has shown that he is a natural-born goalscorer and has a real knack of being able to find the back of the net.
According to the Premier League’s official website, the 27-year-old has 27 goals and 12 assists in his 65 appearances in the top-flight since joining the Gunners.
Just imagine, if West Ham had potentially paid £10m more back in 2016, things could have been very different for the Hammers.
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