There was a point in the summer transfer window where West Ham United were looking left, right and centre for a new midfielder.

Bids were made for a various of players, with David Moyes admitting as much when stories about attempts for Matheus Nunes came out, before eventually settling for Lucás Paqueta.

Another target for West Ham was Piotr Zielinski, currently one of the stars at Napoli, who is close to signing a new contract with the Serie A side.

This comes after a terrific start to the season, and Corriere dello Sport recall the Hammers’ attempts at luring him away from the south of Italy over the summer.

They recall that West Ham ‘shamelessly’ tried to bring him to London by offering €40m for the player (a figure yet to be reported), but eventually ‘had to surrender’.

The reason for that was Zielinski wanted to play in the Champions League; a decision that has paid off, since the club topped their group, beating Liverpool 4-0 along the way.

As for West Ham, they signed the aforementioned Brazilian, who had started to prove his worth before injury struck, with the Hammers now having to wait until after the World Cup to see him again in the claret and blue.