During the summer transfer window, West Ham’s quest for a new central midfielder saw them linked with Hector Herrera.

The FC Porto midfielder impressed at the World Cup for Mexico but West Ham did not pursue this deal in the end.

After four consecutive losses, West Ham might regret that decision. Especially in light of the news that he is on the radar of some European giants.

Arsenal and Real Madrid are ready to battle it out for his signature, according to Spanish media outlet AS via The Mirror.

Should West Ham have given this deal more priority in the summer window?

West Ham target this summer

Reports in the Portuguese media linked West Ham with Herrera in the summer transfer window.

The Mexico international was impressing at the World Cup and had caught the eye of Manuel Pellegrini.

Central midfield was a spot which needed instant attention but Carlos Sanchez was brought in on deadline day instead.

Herrera, whose contract with Porto runs out next summer, would have been available for a cut-price fee of €15m.

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JULY 02: Neymar Jr of Brazil is challenged by Javier Hernandez of Mexico and Hector Herrera of Mexico during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at Samara Arena on July 2, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Arsenal and Real Madrid interested

Herrera has started the season brightly for Porto but wants to leave the Portuguese giants next summer.

From January, he could be available for a bargain price.

Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery is taking a liking to him, but he has to convince him that a move to The Emirates Stadium would be preferable to Real Madrid.

How Herrera could have improved West Ham

If West Ham had landed Herrera this summer, it would have been a great signing. Unfortunately, it looks like one that has slipped away and this is a major blunder from the recruitment team.

Herrera is a box-to-box midfielder; a midfield engine who offers tireless running.

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JULY 02: Philippe Coutinho (L) of Brazil in action against Hector Herrera (R) of Mexico during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena Stadium in Samara, Russia on July 02, 2018. (Photo by Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old also has lots of talent on the ball and the ability to do both the defensive and attacking duties required of a central midfielder.

West Ham needed to add quality in that position and the 70-cap Mexico international offers experience, talent and a real step up in quality from the current options.