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Southampton's latest star 'had offer' from West Ham, 'not good enough' for Liverpool

Southampton winger Sadio Mane allegedly had an offer from West Ham, but Liverpool didn't think he was good enough.

Southampton's start to the season has seen them pick up eight wins from the first 11 games, claiming second spot with 25 points - just four behind leaders Chelsea.

It's been a remarkable start for new manager Ronald Koeman, who was handed a tough hand in the summer after a number of key departures.

Yet his signings were sensible - Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic are perfect replacement for - and arguably even upgrades on - Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

However, Koeman needed to add pace to his frontline. During his time at Feyenoord, Koeman used Jean-Paul Boetius on the left hand side with devastating effect, racking up ten goals and nine assists in only 29 appearances.

Therefore, it was little surprise when Koeman swooped to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Sadio Mane, though the £12m fee the Saints paid for the Senegalese speedster seemed excessive.

The doubters have been proven wrong so far though, with Mane's pace giving opposition full backs nightmares, giving Southampton a new dimension on the left hand side.

However, it's been revealed how close the Saints were to actually missing out on the 22-year-old.

According to Raphael Honigstein, Mane had just one other offer before joining Southampton - and that came from West Ham United.

The Hammers have been superb this season, with new pace and direction in attack, spearheaded by Diafra Sakho - a former team mate of Mane's at Metz and with Senegal.

Another club who analysed the winger was Liverpool, according to Honigstein. However, he notes that Liverpool use scouting software to help them find new players, and Mane simply didn't grade out well enough for the Reds to make a move to sign him.

Given the disappointing signings from Liverpool this summer, it may be time to give that software the boot - especially considering how well Mane has played so far, for just half the price of Lazar Markovic.

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