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Fabrizio Romano delivers fresh update on West Ham move for Leeds star Raphinha

Transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano has delivered a fresh update on West Ham’s move for Leeds United star Raphinha.

According to widespread and somewhat surprising reports this weekend, West Ham have seen a £50m bid for the Brazilian rejected by Leeds.

Many West Ham fans were sceptical of the links given Raphina operates predominantly off the right hand side where David Moyes already has the brilliant Jarrod Bowen.

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Raphinha’s current deal runs until 2024. But the Hammers target has been in contract talks with Leeds which are said to have been ‘positive’.

“West Ham are keeping an eye on his situation while those negotiations are ongoing,” Sky Sports claim.

Some West Ham fans have been excited at the prospect of seeing Raphinha potentially utilised as a forward or on the other flank to breathe new life into the side’s counter attacking style.

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Fabrizio Romano delivers fresh update on West Ham move for Leeds star Raphinha

But transfer specialist Romano has delivered a fresh update which suggests any hopes West Ham have of signing Raphinha from Leeds are dead – until the summer at least.

“Leeds stance won’t change for any club or any proposal after turning down West Ham approach yesterday,” Romano said on Twitter.

“Raphinha is not for sale in January.

“He’s one to watch for summer market for sure – but Brazilian winger’s not leaving now.”

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Romano’s update appears to put an end to any suggestion West Ham might be able to lure Raphinha away from Elland Road this month.

It is easy to see why West Ham might want Raphinha. He has been a revelation at Leeds since his arrival from Rennes in 2020 and has scored eight goals in 19 games this term as well as making two assists.

The 25-year-old is represented by former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco, who said last year that Raphinha is ambitious to play at a higher level.

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Whether Europa League would be seen as a big enough carrot by the player we don’t know.

But qualifying for the Champions League would almost certainly put West Ham in the frame for ambitious players looking to take that next step in their careers.

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