West Ham United tried to sign midfielder Sander Berge in the January transfer window, but their offer was deemed too low and rebuffed by Genk, according to Football Insider.
The Norwegian international did end up leaving the Belgian outfit last month, joining the Hammers’ Premier League rivals Sheffield United.
According to Football Insider, the east London club offered just £10 million for Berge earlier in the transfer window but a move never materialised.
That figure is a lot lower than what the midfielder ended up costing the Blades. Indeed Chris Wilder’s side are thought to have parted with around £22 million for the 21-year-old, which makes him their record signing (BBC Sport).
It is suggested that the Hammers were unwilling to pay such a fee for Berge, although they did end up forking out a similar amount to prize Jarrod Bowen away from Hull City (BBC Sport).
Missing out on Berge could be a huge mistake on West Ham’s part, given that he is one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in Europe.
Indeed he has already amassed 20 caps for Norway despite being just 21 (Transfermarkt) whilst he has also already made a combined 22 appearances in the Champions League and Europa League, which includes qualifying (Transfermarkt).
He was thrown straight into the Blades team to face Crystal Palace on Saturday and showed just why he has attracted plenty of interest in recent times. He was excellent at Selhurst Park, particularly defensive as he won six tackles, six ground duels and four aerial duels whilst also making two interceptions (SofaScore).
Berge could well develop into an excellent midfielder over the next few years. For an extra £10 million, West Ham may well have had him.
They are currently in the relegation zone with 13 games to go (BBC Sport) and if they go down, it will cost them significantly more than £10 million (Sky Sports). They may well regret not spending the little bit extra which was needed to get the Norwegian to move to the London Stadium as he could have helped them survive.
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