The Sunday Mirror (26/7; page 77) reported towards the end of last month that West Ham United were interested in taking Real Madrid attacker Brahim Diaz on loan for the coming season.
It was suggested that Los Blancos had decided to let Brahim secure a temporary move away. And the Sunday Mirror claimed that the Hammers had made the first approach for the 21-year-old.
The report added that Real were not planning to make a decision on the former Manchester City man’s future until mid-August.
So any West Ham fans hoping to see Brahim move to the London Stadium may have been fearful about another club coming in and potentially snatching the attacking midfielder from their grasp.
And unfortunately, it appears that a familiar face may be about to do just yet.
According to Spanish outlet El Espanol, Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis have moved into pole position to loan Brahim.
In fact, El Espanol has claimed that talks are now at an advanced stage and a deal is close.
TBR View: West Ham always facing uphill battle once Pellegrini entered frame
Of course, David Moyes may refuse to give up hope while Brahim’s future is not yet finalised.
But it does appear that West Ham were always going to struggle once Pellegrini got involved in the race to sign the youngster.
The former Hammers boss was in charge when Brahim joined Manchester City in 2015. And it was only after his departure – though still a lengthy time after – that he left the club for the Bernabeu.