West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has told BT Sport that the Hammers were pushing to sign Romelu Lukaku back in 2014.
The Belgian international is starting to realise the potential he flashed at Anderlecht, which ultimately prompted Chelsea to snap him up back in 2011.
Lukaku struggled to make an impact with Chelsea, and after a strong loan spell at West Brom, he also joined Everton on a season-long loan deal, smashing 16 goals in 33 games before committing to a permanent deal at Goodison Park.
Now, interesting details are emerging about the summer of 2014, when goal machine Lukaku made the full-time switch to Merseyside.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has told BT Sport that the Upton Park club 'really, really liked' Lukaku, and were in the race to sign him - but ultimately lost out to Everton.
"We tried to buy him," said Brady. "We certainly pushed the price up when he eventually went to Everton, but we really, really liked him," she added.
That summer, West Ham did sign three strikers, as Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate all made the move to Upton Park - and it seems that rather than splash out all their money on one signing in Lukaku, they brought in three forwards instead, all of whom have made an impact at West Ham.