Former West Ham player Don Hutchison has revealed on Twitter that he told the club to sign wantaway Sporting CP winger Gelson Martins a year and a half ago. Back then, the 23-year-old wasn't so well known as he is now, but he looks an unlikely arrival at the London Stadium this summer.
Martins is currently locked in a legal battle with his current Portuguese employers. Following a training ground attack as a result of Sporting's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League, a host of players have sued to cancel their contracts at the club - Gelson included.
As a result, he's now one of the most sought after players in Europe, and the most recent link with his name comes in the form of Everton - alongside Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.
However, it could potentially have been different if West Ham had listened to Don Hutchsinson a year and a half ago.
Learning of the Toffees' interest in Gelson, Hutchison took to Twitter to rave about the Portuguese international - who's currently away in Russia for the World Cup.
I’m reading Everton might be signing Sporting Lisbon Gelson Martins.— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) June 19, 2018
Another player I told West Ham about 18months ago.
Brilliant young prospect! Buy out clause of 40million Euros.
That €40m release clause may not be needed in the coming weeks. Many expect Gelson to be freed of his contract soon, and the player will become a free agent; clear to sign for whichever side he wishes to for absolutely nothing.
The other names included in Sporting's wantaways arrive as Rui Patricio (who has already been confirmed as a Wolves player), William Carvalho (believed to be en route to Inter) and Bas Dost.
It's going to be an intriguing few months surrounding the club.