West Ham United are said to be on the verge of signing highly-rated young centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen.
That’s according to reports out of Denmark today which claims West Ham are set to conclude a deal imminently.
Journalist Farzam Abolhosseini from Danish outlet B.T. claims West Ham are set to sign the 20-year-old Silkeborg defender, posting a picture of the player at the Stratford Hotel near the London Stadium.
Hammers close to signing Dane with Brazilian name
The Dane with the Brazilian name was first linked with the Hammers last month.
Danish outlet Bold said discussions were ongoing between West Ham and Silkeborg to get a deal lined up for January.
And according to B.T. that deal is close to conclusion.
The news caught West Ham fans by surprise today with many checking to see if the report had legs.
When West Ham fans want answers they often turn to reliable insider ExWHUemployee.
And the Twitter and podcast personality has confirmed the news is indeed legitimate.
Insider Alves Ibsen report
“Yes I think he is going to arrive in the Jan window,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“Still at work so will check when I’m out.”
Yes I think he is going to arrive in the jan window. Still at work so will check when I’m out https://t.co/8jj716ZAVN
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) November 3, 2020
According to Bold last month a fee of around DKK 10 million has been agreed which converts to around £1.2million.
So West Ham seeming to be taking a calculated gamble on the Denmark Under 21 international, who has a Brazilian mother and Danish father.
Alves can also play for Brazil as he is yet to represent the full Danish national side in a competitive game.
What are West Ham getting?
Standing 6ft 2in tall, Alves is a big, strong centre-half full of potential.
He already has 48 first-team appearances under his belt for Silkeborg; impressive for one so young.
On the surface it appears to tick all the boxes for Hammers boss David Moyes in the Red Bull mould.
Snapping up young, hungry, athletic talent before they become established names.