According to a report from TEAMtalk, West Ham have made an approach to sign Fluminese forward Marcos Paulo. Leeds and Arsenal allegedly want the striker as well, but the east London outfit are apparently in the driving seat for his signature.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before the transfer window slams shut next month.

Things are looking bleak for us at the moment, but who knows, perhaps with two or three strong additions over the next few weeks we can still enjoy a successful 2020/21 campaign.

Everyone knows that we need to bolster our defensive ranks. But the addition of a talented centre-forward could be just as important.

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Marcos Paulo (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

And TEAMtalk reckon West Ham have made an approach for Fluminese forward Marcos Paulo.

The 19-year-old has a £40 million release clause, however (TEAMtalk).

 

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That kind of fee will obviously be too much for the Hammers to pay at moment. If we can barter the Brazilian side down, however, Paulo would be a really exciting addition for us.

Standing at 6ft 1in tall, the Brazilian-born Portugal youth international certainly has the build and stature to succeed in the Premier League.

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Marcos Paulo (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

He has racked up eight goals and eight assists in 47 games for Fluminese in his fledgling career thus far (Transfermarkt).

And if Leeds and Arsenal both want Paulo, he must have something about him. Marcelo Bielsa and Mikel Arteta clearly both have very good eyes for young talent.

Beating the Whites and the Gunners to the Fluminese forward’s signature would be a real statement from West Ham. But let’s not get carried away just yet.

We are in no position to be splashing out £40 million on a striker. The same cannot be said of Leeds or Arsenal, however.

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