It was revealed in an interview with The Express last September that Raul Jimenez narrowly missed out on joining West Ham United, and Irons fans on Twitter are regretting missing out on him following his latest display for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
While rumours at the time in 2015 suggested the Mexico international overslept and missed his flight to London, he confirmed via The Express that the real reason he joined Benfica instead was because that was a permanent move, while any deal with the Hammers would have been a loan one.
The 27-year-old, who completed a club-record £30m transfer to Molineux last week following a hugely successful temporary spell, scored a brilliant goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Watford on Sunday.
It looked as though it would be the winning goal until the final seconds, and even though the centre-forward was on the losing side his all-round game was once again one of the highlights for Nuno Santo’s men and didn’t go unnoticed by West Ham supporters on social media.
One labelled him as “the one that got away”, while another simply described failing to bring him to the capital as “the West Ham way”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
To think we actually decided against signing Jiminez and Dendoncker ?
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) April 7, 2019
Raul Jiminez…..what a miss?? dear oh dear!!
— uday (@uday_universe) April 7, 2019
I’m not fussed about de dendoncker but jiminez is a baller
— West Ham Community (@WHU_Forever) April 7, 2019
Yeah, isn’t Dendoncker a CDM? We have Rice instead! No need. But Jimenez…. ?♂️
— Chris Burrell (@deanashtonsfoot) April 7, 2019
Of course we coulda signed Jimenez but decided he weren’t good enough. The West Ham way
— RH (@robhughes01) April 7, 2019
Jimenez feels like the one that got away. What a player he's been. That why we'll be shopping abroad this summer. https://t.co/z3CI0ymDna
— West Ham Pub Talk (@WHUFCpubtalk) April 8, 2019