West Ham dodged a £26m mistake in Fulham flop Jean-Michael Seri

A general view outside of the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United were reportedly favourites to sign Seri before he embarked on a nightmare Premier League season at Fulham.

Nice's Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri celebrates after scoring a goalduring the French L1 football match Nice (OGCN) vs Toulouse (TFC) on December 4, 2016 at the 'Allianz Riviera'...

The 2018/19 season was one of huge disappointment for each and every Fulham fan but Jean Michael Seri was perhaps the biggest let down of the lot.

A hugely talented midfielder who had established as one of Ligue 1’s most elite performers at Nice, Seri had been targeted by Barcelona and hailed by none other than Xavi before arriving at Craven Cottage for a club record £26 million.

What a coup he looked at the time. And what a failure it looked for West Ham United to miss out on the Ivory Coast international to their London neighbours.

 

Tuttomercatoweb claimed that West Ham were leading the chase for Seri’s signature, shortly before Fulham pulled off what looked like one of the most surprising transfer coups of 2018.

One year on, however, absolutely no one at the London Stadium will be ruing their near miss now.

Jean Michael Seri of Fulham celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Burnley FC at Craven Cottage on August 26, 2018 in London,...

According to CalcioNapoli24, Fulham are now willing to sell Seri for just £13 million, half what they paid for him, after a single, disastrous season in the Premier League which ended in relegation.

There were a few moments of quality, including that long-range wonder-goal against Burnley, but for the most part Seri looked lightweight, disinterested and far from suited to playing in the hustle and bustle of English football.

West Ham might have had their own midfield flops in Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez. But at least they didn’t cost £26 million.

Andre Schurrle and Jean Michael Seri of Fulham during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Arsenal FC at Craven Cottage on October 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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