West Ham decided to part ways with Xande Silva because they thought the Portuguese striker wouldn’t be able to make it at the highest level after recent bowel surgery.

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That’s according to high level Hammers insiders Claret and Hugh.

The 24-year-old was brought to the London Stadium from Vitoria Guimaraes in 2018 for around €4 million (£3.3 million) according to talkSPORT.

West Ham sold Xande Silva to Nottingham Forest in the summer (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

He made an immediate impact, scoring a four-minute hat-trick against Tottenham on his debut for the youth team.

Unfortunately for Silva, however, he never really kicked on from that moment.

West Ham sold Xande Silva to Nottingham Forest

The Portuguese forward was moved on to Forest on deadline day for around £200,000 (Claret and Hugh).


The Hammers allegedly inserted a 25% sell-on clause into the deal.

Xande Silva is now a Nottingham Forest player (Photo: KIM DOO-HO/AFP via Getty Images)

It is claimed that Moyes moved Silva on because he was unsure of his ability to make it at the very highest level. That was partly due to the 24-year-old’s inability to return to his best form following bowel surgery back in 2019.

Whether the former Vitoria Guimaraes ace goes on to make it at Forest remains to be seen.

Here’s a taster of what Forest fans can expect from Silva:

It would actually do us a favour if he does light it up at the city Ground because he could then be moved on for a sizeable transfer fee, from which we would benefit financially due to the sell-on clause.

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Good luck to him. West Ham boss David Moyes clearly didn’t fancy Silva. And the Scot is usually spot on with his judgement of players.

Perhaps the Portuguese will go on to prove the Hammers chief wrong though.

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