West Ham United were reportedly keen to sign Paco Alcacer before the summer transfer window shut, and following the impressive start to the season he has made with Borussia Dortmund they should have brought him to the London Stadium instead of Lucas Perez.
Well, the print version of The Sun, via HITC, reported at the start of August that the Irons were battling Premier League rivals Leicester City for the signature of the 25-year-old, as Manuel Pellegrini looked to boost his attacking options ahead of the new campaign.
A loan deal for the Barcelona man failed to materialise however, with the east London outfit eventually snapping up Arsenal’s Perez in a £4m deal on deadline day instead.
The Sun, via HITC, reported that any club wanting to take Alcacer on a temporary basis for the campaign had to pay a £3m loan fee and cover his £150,000-a-week wages in full, but it remains to be seen whether Dortmund are actually doing the latter.
Despite only being a fringe player for the La Liga champions, Alcacer has made a huge impression for the German side, including netting their second goal in a 3-0 Champions League win at home to Monaco on Wednesday night.
The Spaniard actually should have had another goal to his name having also missed a penalty, but he still has a hugely impressive record of finding the net four times in just three appearances and the early signs are that he could have been a huge hit for the Hammers.
Meanwhile, Perez has struggled to make an impact at the London Stadium thus far and has played just 65 minutes of Premier League football, with the majority of his time on the pitch coming in the Carabao Cup against lower league opposition in AFC Wimbledon and Macclesfield Town.