West Ham United had a quiet January after much speculation swirling around the club.

Samir Nasri was lined up to come in before the window opened and was out of contract.

But one signing that was perhaps missed by many was that of young striker Mesaque Dju.

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Nice to meet Dju

The ex Benfica forward was brought in to link up with West Ham’s Under 23 squad.

Dju made his debut for them on Monday night in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool U23s.

The 19-year-old boasts blistering pace and has already said he wants to try and win a first team spot as soon as possible.

He has his fellow Portuguese Xande Silva for inspiration.

Could that chance come quicker than expected, though, given the situation surrounding outcast Lucas Perez.

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Perez a Hammers outcast?

The former Arsenal striker has failed to establish himself at West Ham.

And he has reportedly fallen out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini over his attitude (Claret and Hugh).

 

Perez did not travel to Malaga with the Hammers squad for their winter training camp last week.

Dju has been praised by compatriot Silva who is backing his new teammate to excel.

“He’s a good player, in Portugal they speak well of him,” Silva told whufc.com.

“A very fast player, with a lot of technical qualities.

“I think this is a good league for him, and I think he’s going to do very well here, he has to do what they (the staff) tells him and play his football and he’s going to do fine.”

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Out with the old, in with the Dju

Dju played 70 minutes against Liverpool. So could he take Perez’s place in the Hammers squad for the game against Fulham on Friday night?

He would be a wild card from the bench for Pellegrini and offers a crucial commodity in the Premier League, pace.

Pellegrini has already proved age is no barrier to West Ham’s first team.

Just ask Declan Rice, Issa Diop, Grady Diangana and Silva.

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