Upton Park side amongst a number of clubs who declined the chance to sign Welsh winger.
Fans of West Ham United are unlikely to welcome the news today that their side turned down the chance to sign Welsh star Gareth Bale in 2010.
Bale has been in scintillating form for his club Tottenham Hotspur in recent games which has only increased speculation that the player may make a mega-bucks move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer.
But the Daily Mail has revealed that Tottenham offered Bale to a number of clubs following his initial poor start to this White Hart Lane career.
Tottenham made the former Southampton player available on loan, or for a £3 million fee, after he failed to impress during the beginning of his Tottenham career.
West Ham were amongst a number of clubs including Birmingham and Nottingham Forest who turned down the players services.
The offer was made before Gold and Sullivan’s takeover of the London club in 2010, during a period where the Hammers were struggling financially, and it was decided that the player was too much of a risk to justify a £3 million outlay.
Bale has since gone on to establish himself as one of the biggest stars in European football and has terrorised defences with the electric pace and swerving free-kicks.