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Mourinho could strike bitter blow to West Ham as report claims Tottenham want £9m man

According to a report from Il Secolo XIX, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho could swoop in for Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira this summer, with West Ham also interested in the former Leeds man.

In other news…Report claims West Ham may have the edge in race to sign brilliant £20m Moyes target

David Moyes has already strengthened his midfield department this summer, bringing in Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal from Slavia Prague.

But it could be argued that that won’t be enough. Carlos Sanchez has already left the London Stadium, and good riddance. Mark Noble is on the wrong side of 33 and rumours linking Declan Rice with an exit refuse to go away.

Vieira, 22, would be a very useful addition for the Hammers. Especially for the reported £9 million fee. But Tottenham’s interest in the midfielder will represent a problem for West Ham.

Ronaldo Vieira (Photo by Giuseppe Fama/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho could swoop in for the England under-21 international. And with Spurs in desperate need of a central midfielder as well, Moyes will have his work cut out if he is to bring the ex-Leeds ace to east London this summer.

The 22-year-old left Leeds for Sampdoria in the summer of 2018, for a fee believed to be worth £6.2 million, according to the Guardian.

Stats

Vieira has gone on to make 44 appearances for the Serie A outfit, chipping in with three assists and no goals (Transfermarkt).

Ronaldo Vieira (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

In 27 Serie A outings this season, the Sampdoria ace averaged 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 1.2 clearances (Who Scored).

He averaged 33.1 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 83.9% (Who Scored).

Vieira is a very solid performer and he perfectly suits the criteria of player Moyes wants to sign this summer. He’s 22, dynamic, energetic and has plenty of potential. £9 million for his services would represent very good value as well.

But if Tottenham are really in for the English youngster, our chances don’t look good. Unless we manage to sell the likes of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini, Spurs will surely be able to blow us out the water in the race for Vieira.


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