West Ham United were reportedly interested in signing Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer before they snapped up Lucas Perez towards the end of the summer transfer window, and it may be a decision that they are regretting.
The print version of The Sun, via HITC, reported at the start of August that Irons manager Manuel Pellegrini was keen to bring the Spaniard to the London Stadium to boost his attacking options, but no deal materialised before the Chilean sealed a swoop for Perez on deadline day instead.
Part of the reason may have been the fact that The Sun, via HITC, suggested that the east London club may have had to pay the player’s £150,000-a-week wages in full to seal a loan move, but it remains to be seen whether his current club Borussia Dortmund are doing that.
Anyhow, while Perez has found first-team minutes hard to come by for the Irons so far this term – featuring in just 85 minutes of Premier League football – Alcacer has netted six times in just 81 minutes on the pitch in the Bundesliga across three substitute appearances, including a hat-trick in the 4-3 win against Augsburg at the weekend, as well as scoring once and missing a penalty in one Champions League outing.
We decided to ask West Ham fans to vote on our poll to see whether they thought the club should have signed Alcacer instead of Perez during the summer transfer window, and a majority 67% said they would have as you can see from the results below.
While the Hammers’ form has turned around under Pellegrini in recent weeks, it seems as though Alcacer would not only have pushed Marko Arnautovic even further, but he may have also been a regular starter given his clinical record in front of goal.