According to a report from Sport, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is in talks to sign Barcelona ace Rafinha. And that is obviously bad news for West Ham, with David Moyes allegedly keen to bring the Brazilian play-maker to the London Stadium.
Sport claimed last week that the Hammers want to sign the Barca star. And Catalan giants are said to be holding out for around €16 million (£14 million) for his services.
West Ham boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to bolster his defensive ranks first and foremost this summer. And if he manages to do that, the addition of an established centre-forward should be next up on his agenda.
But it could be argued that the Hammers do lack creativity in the attacking midfield department. Especially with Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals all having struggled of late.
So Rafinha for just £14 million would have been a decent piece of business for West Ham. But it seems as though they could now miss out to Leeds. Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa is allegedly in talks to sign the 27-year-old.
The two-capped Brazil international racked up four goals and one assist in 29 La Liga games during a loan spell with Celta Vigo last season (Transfermarkt).
Rafinha is technically gifted, possesses a wonderfully wide range of passing and can create something out of nothing.
In 29 La Liga outings last season, the Barca ace averaged 44.1 passes per game with a superb completion rate of 87.1% (Who Scored).
The 27-year-old can play anywhere in midfield or in more advanced roles if need be.
Rafinha really needs to be playing regularly now. And a move to the Premier League would be a real test of his quality, physicality and mentality.
West Ham could really do with someone like the Brazilian at the London Stadium. But it seems as though they will have to look on with envy at Elland Road once again as Leeds boss Bielsa continues to work his magic in the transfer window.