Brady has revealed that the Mexico international striker was expected to join the Hammers from Spanish club Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, but he moved to Portuguese giants Benfica instead.
“So Sergio Ramos loved Real Madrid all along and had no intention of leaving for Manchester United,” wrote Brady in her football diary in The Sun (Monday, August 17 entry). “His bargaining technique worked — a whopping new contract and the Real club captaincy in the post.
“Here, we had a similar instance a few weeks ago. We were asked to wait two days on a work permit for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez on a promise he was joining West Ham from Atletico Madrid. Then we heard he’d signed for Benfica.”
The Sergio Ramos situation
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was linked with a move to West Ham’s Premier League rivals Manchester United earlier this summer.
According to The Daily Star, United were keen on signing the Spain international centre-back, who eventually put pen to paper a new deal with Madrid.
“My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I’m thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team,” The Guardian quoted the 29-year-old as saying.
West Ham United’s search for a striker
West Ham’s start to the 2015-16 Premier League campaign has been less than impressive, with two defeats in three games.
Moreover, the Hammers have failed to progress to the group stage of the Europa League.
The need for a new striker who can score goals regularly has been highlighted in the opening weeks of the new season.
Hopefully for the West Ham fans, the club bosses will be able to recruit a striker before the summer transfer window ends next month.