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The greatest goalkeeper West Ham never had

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Football fans the length and breadth of the country are mourning the passing of England legend Gordon Banks, who has passed away aged 81.

Yet because of Greenwood's admirable reluctance to renege on an agreement with Kilmarnock, West Ham supporters would never have the opportunity to find out.

RIP Gordon Banks, 1937-2019.

One wonders just how much Banks' signing would have improved West Ham, who already featured Moore, Peters and Hurst alongside promising youngsters such as Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard and Trevor Brooking.

Yet shortly after the two shook hands on the deal, Leicester boss Matt Gillies contacted Greenwood to say that Leicester had agreed to sell Banks to West Ham for just £50,000 - little more than a year after the 'keeper had starred for England in the 1966 World Cup Final.

Banks, who had been keen to team up with his three World Cup-winning team mates signed instead for Stoke City - and instead of playing behind behind Bobby Moore, was to face him as an opposing goalkeeper when West Ham and Stoke met in an epic four-game League Cup semi final in 1972.

Banks, who kept goal from England between 1963 and 1972 spent the majority of a long and successful career as goalkeeper for Leicester and Stoke City.
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