West Ham were “very, very close” to signing Rhian Brewster when he was younger, according to reliable source ExWHUemployee.
The teenage striker now plays for Liverpool, and is expected to have a breakout season at Anfield, but posted a photo of himself wearing a Hammers coat to his personal Instagram on Tuesday evening.
And referring to the post, Ex explained that the Irons nearly snapped up the Champions League winning starlet before he went to Chelsea and then on to the Reds.
Writing on his personal Twitter, the reliable source said: “This was when Dave Hunt tried to bring Brewster to West Ham.
“We were very very close and it’s a shame that he got away.
“Dave is the man responsible for bringing Declan Rice and other top prospects to the club and this would have been another.”
This would have been wonderful for the Hammers. Brewster has had more than his fair share of bad luck with injuries during his fledgling career, but there can be little doubting his potential, and a golden boot at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017 was a pretty good way of announcing his promise. Since then, he has spent a lot of time in the treatment room, but the fact that he was on the bench for the Champions League final in Madrid in June is a telling sign of just how highly Jurgen Klopp thinks of him. Arguably, had he ended up at West Ham, and had he stayed injury free, he would already be a first choice hitman in the Premier League by now, playing week in, week out. As it is, he still stands to become a household name in the near future, but if he goes on to become a world beater, no doubt the Hammers will be wondering about what might have been.