Tottenham legend David Ginola wanted the club to sign Dimitri Payet.
West Ham secured a contract extension for Dimitri Payet last week, persuading the Frenchman to sign a deal tying him to the club until 2021.
A sure shoe-in for the club's player of the season award, Payet has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season and has dazzled fans and pundits alike with his displays.
If it was up to former Premier League player of the year David Ginola, Payet would not be a West Ham player, but be starring for their rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking in 2013, quoted by Footmercato, he claimed to have recommended Payet to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
He said: "I talked to Daniel Levy recently [about Payet] but Marseille have now taken him. I told him... Payet, if you put him with Defoe or Bale and Soldado, that will make a dream attack.
"He has everything you need to be an excellent player and can make the difference at any time, a little bit like Eden Hazard."
The dream attack quickly unravelled as Bale was sold to Real Madrid weeks later, while Defoe later left the club to join MLS side FC Toronto. Even Roberto Soldado has moved back to Spain, failing to live up to expectations at White Hart Lane.
Ginola should have reminded Levy about Payet this past summer, as if they had beaten West Ham to his £14.5 million signature then they would surely be even closer to winning the title than the position they currently find themselves in.