All signs point toward 20-year-old centre-back Luizao joining West Ham United on a free transfer in January.
That’s according to high-level ITK Claret and Hugh who claim that the Brazilian defender is likely to move to the London Stadium this winter.
Central defence is clearly an area where Hammers boss David Moyes wants to strengthen in January.
And Luizao is clearly someone who is on West Ham’s radar.
The 20-year-old allegedly wants to join the Hammers, but the deal is currently being held up by a disagreement with Sao Paulo about potential compensation that they will be due when the youngster eventually leaves on a free transfer.
And club insiders Claret and Hugh have provided a further update on the situation…
All signs point toward 20-year-old joining West Ham in January
C&H reckon that FIFA rules stipulate that the Hammers will be obligated to pay Sao Paulo around £250,000 in compensation for Luizao.
However, the Brazilian side apparently want more than that from West Ham.
In spite of that, it is still suggested that all signs point to Luizao joining the Hammers in January.
The 20-year-old South American would be a great addition for us in my opinion.
Luizao might be totally unproven in the Premier League and very rough around the edges, but signing him on a free transfer would negate the risks involved in the deal.
The 20-year-old is an aggressive young defender whose playing style is quintessentially South American, what with his tenacity and aggression.
He’s a very good tackler and is commanding in the air. It does seem as though Luizao has all of the attributes needed to succeed in England with West Ham.
He is obviously one very much for the future rather than the here and now though. The Brazilian is still very rough around the edges and he needs to really work on his passing and composure when in possession.
Luizao allegedly wants to join West Ham, so if Moyes really wants to get this one over the line, there will be no excuses.
All signs point toward the 20-year-old joining West Ham in January though, according to Claret and Hugh. So as things stand, I reckon this one should get wrapped up fairly soon.