While West Ham United have been linked with Jonny Evans on-and-off over the last three months, Leicester City confirmed the Northern Ireland international’s signing on Friday.
The experienced centre-half moved to the Foxes from relegated West Bromwich Albion for a miserly fee of just £3.5 million, in what must be deemed as excellent business from Claude Puel’s men.
The deal beggars the question, why didn’t West Ham make a move for Evans?
It is clear to see the Hammers need defensive reinforcements this summer after a campaign where the side’s rearguard instilled little-to-no confidence.
James Collins has been deemed surplus to requirements at West Ham, Jose Fonte was sold in January, Winston Reid is constantly injured and young Declan Rice has been thrown in at the deep end.
Someone like Evans would have been a canny addition for the Hammers, with the veteran boasting plenty of Premier League experience, versatility and leadership.
For such a modest fee, it should have been a no-brainer for West Ham.
It will be interesting to see who Manuel Pellegrini looks to bring to the London Stadium to improve the Irons’ defence, but it will be a challenge to get as good a player as Evans for such a miserly price.