By Harvey Byrne
West Ham were once close to signing Barcelona forward Neymar as he closes in on a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports transfer reporter Kaveh Solhekol has claimed via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening that the Hammers launched a £25million bid for the 25-year-old back in 2010, but a move collapsed once Santos requested more money.
West Ham were close to signing Neymar from Santos in 2010. Offered £25m but move collapsed when Santos asked for more money
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 2, 2017
Since 2010, Neymar has become one of the world’s best players, becoming the star of national team Brazil alongside earning a mega £51.18million move to La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer of 2013.
During his time at the Catalan giants he has won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey’s and the Champions League trophy in 2015.
Meanwhile, West Ham dropped down to the Championship in 2011 and although they have bounced back into the Premier League and played in the Europa League twice a player of Neymar’s calibre would have been an incredible addition to the London Stadium side.
Now, with the BBC reporting that Barcelona value Neymar as highly as £198million West Ham may regret paying the extra millions needed to seal his signature from Santos seven years a go.
In other West Ham transfer news, this two-time Premier League has told that he thinks his agent held talks with the Hammers.