West Ham may have missed a trick not signing Hatem Ben Arfa.
As reported by the Sun, the Irons entered the race to sign the Frenchman this summer, after he became a free agent following the expiry of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
The winger endured a pretty torrid time at the Parc des Princes, and was frozen out in his second and final season by Unai Emery.
Ben Arfa had a lot of competition at the French giants.
Even if he had not fallen out with Emery, he still would have had to compete with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria.
For a long time, it seemed obvious that Ben Arfa would become a free agent in the summer of 2018.
Perhaps West Ham should have done more to convince him to join their side.
‘We are inspired by a player like him’
Despite a number of clubs chasing his services, Ben Arfa decided to sign for Rennes.
And so far, he is reminding everybody what a brilliant natural talent he is.
Midfielder Romain del Castillo is certainly impressed by his new teammate, describing him as ‘extraordinary’.
He said, as quoted by Goal: “When you are an offensive player like me, you watch his videos.
“We are inspired by a player like him. What he does on the field is extraordinary and playing with him everyday is positive.”
Rennes gain is West Ham’s loss
West Ham could certainly use some inspiration at present.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are bottom of the Premier League after four games and have found the going tough after a summer of change.
Ben Arfa would have been a fantastic addition to the squad – especially on a free transfer.
He may have lost his way a bit during his PSG stint but Ben Arfa remains and outrageous talent on his day.
He also has previous Premier League experience having turned out for Newcastle United.
West Ham are currently lacking creativity. Ben Arfa would have been a perfect fit playing from the right, with Felipe Anderson through the centre.