David Gold and David Sullivan have been trying to solve one of West Ham United’s biggest conundrums for what appears to have been a lifetime.
The Hammers have been desperate to find a striker that can provide them with a regular source of goals and the co-owners have had their fair share of players to try and finally bring the firepower needed to help take the London Stadium outfit to the next level.
Since they took ownership, Gold and Sullivan have had 45 strikers try and be the man to spearhead the attack, with varying degrees of success, although the vast majority of them have been nothing short of failures.
However, it appears they had the chance to finally end all their nightmares in the summer of 2017.
The one that got away – West Ham United and Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez was linked with a move to West Ham by The Mirror (along with Liverpool) and he could truly be considered the definition of ‘one who got away’ where the Hammers are concerned.
The Mexico international forward had been in impressive form for Benfica during the 2016/17 campaign, having netted 11 goals across all competitions.
However, West Ham appeared to have had the perfect opportunity to finally bring one of their long-term targets to England as it was claimed at the time that the Portuguese outfit were prepared to listen to offers for the forward.
But, they subsequently failed to act upon it and saw Wolverhampton Wanderers make a move for him last summer, which has only proved dividends for the Molineux outfit and one that must surely leave Gold and Sullivan with regret.
Having initially joined the Premier League’s new-boys on loan at the start of the season, Jimenez has been in exceptional form and has been a key reason as to why they are fighting it out for a seventh-placed finish and why West Ham are not.
The forward has 12 goals and seven assists to his name so far in his 35 top-flight appearances, which saw Wolves decide to splash the cash and pay £30million to make his switch permanent in the upcoming transfer window.
Just imagine where West Ham could be if they decided to put their hands in their pockets and bring Jimenez to the London Stadium in 2017.
West Ham fans, what are your thoughts on missing out on Jimenez? Do you think he could have been the success story he has been at Wolves with you? Join in the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.