West Ham United have endured plenty of failed centre-forward signings within the GSB period up to now, with taking up that main function having seemingly been one thing of a poisoned chalice during the last decade or so.
One man who may effectively have modified that narrative is Romelu Lukaku, with the prolific Belgian having reportedly been a goal for the Hammers again in the summertime of 2013, after having fun with a glowing breakthrough marketing campaign on mortgage at West Bromwich Albion the 12 months prior the place he scored 17 Premier League targets.
The Irons had reportedly been eyeing a short lived deal of their very own to prise the imposing teen from mum or dad membership Chelsea, having additionally recommended a attainable everlasting swoop to their London rivals, with the striker doubtlessly obtainable for a payment of round £20m.
Because it proved, nonetheless, the Antwerp-born powerhouse in the end secured a deadline day, mortgage swap to Everton, with then-Irons boss Sam Allardyce suggesting that he had “chased him all summer season” in an try to carry the 6 foot 3 menace to east London – in the end being compelled to accept the free switch arrival of Carlton Cole and the £15m seize of former loanee Andy Carroll in that similar window.
That failure to land the ruthless marksman – having additionally reportedly been serious about a everlasting transfer two years later – has greater than backfired as Lukaku has gone on to glitter since then, proving an actual nemesis to West Ham with 15 purpose contributions in simply 17 conferences up to now.
After netting 87 targets in simply 166 video games throughout his time at Goodison Park, the previous Anderlecht man would go on to safe a £75m transfer to Manchester United in 2017, finally bagging 42 targets in 96 video games in all competitions regardless of largely struggling to impress.
Would Lukaku have been match at West Ham?
Not for me!
The 102-cap gem’s subsequent transfer to Inter Milan proved notably fruitful as he scored 34 targets and 30 targets throughout all fronts in his first two seasons, respectively, earlier than making that eye-watering £97.5m swap again to Stamford Bridge final summer season.
Whereas that homecoming in the end proved underwhelming, the “unplayable” asset – as described by pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – nonetheless managed a good tally of 15 targets in all competitions, having since made a return to Italy on mortgage.
The best scorer in his nation’s historical past with 68 targets for the Crimson Devils up to now, the 29-year-old has confirmed himself a really medical presence in entrance of purpose over the previous ten years, together with his total membership profession tally now standing at a outstanding 267 targets up to now.
Lauded because the “primary” striker on this planet by Brazilian icon Kaka final 12 months, the £63m-rated ace has solely gone from energy to energy since his early days on the Hawthorns, with GSB possible left ruing their failure to safe his providers all these years in the past.