According to The Sun, West Ham were offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid youngster Oliver Torres - but will sign Dimitri Payet instead.
Payet had a great season for Marseille and will provide a creative spark in the final third for West Ham, but reports suggest it could have all been so different.
The Sun believe that West Ham were offered Atletico Madrid playmaker Oliver Torres - but the Hammers snubbed the opportunity, and will sign Payet instead.
Torres, 20, is a product of the Atletico youth academy, and has earned comparisons to Manchester City's David Silva due to his style of play.
This past season, Torres has been out on loan in Portugal with Porto, scoring six goals in 34 games before returning to Atletico this summer.
It's unclear whether West Ham were offered Torres permanently, but given how highly-rated he is in Spain, it is more likely that it would be a season-long loan deal - which could be why West Ham would prefer Payet permanently.
Payet - money well spent?
The French international will cost a reported £11.5m, which would make him one of the most expensive signings in West Ham's history.
Payet is now 28, and £11.5m is a huge amount of money to pay for someone approaching 30 - and West Ham must be aware that the player will have little resale value in a couple of years time.
Payet should have an instant impact at West Ham, but he's far from a player for the future, and the Hammers should consider a younger winger or playmaker as well as Payet this summer.