West Ham United could be set to sign Portugal Under 21 star and Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot.
Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claimed that David Moyes is keen to sign full-back Dalot when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday July 23rd).
And speculation is growing on social media West Ham could be set to sign Dalot on loan.
Insider’s deleted response on Dalot sets tongues wagging
It comes after ExWHUemployee responded to a picture of Dalot posted by Hammers Chat on Twitter.
When West Ham fans want answers they tend to turn to ExWHUemployee.
So when the anonymous Twitter and podcast personality responded to the picture of Dalot simply with a ‘look’ eyes emoji, it had fans thinking a deal could be on the cards.
ExWHUemployee has since deleted the post. It is not clear why, but that did not stop some fans screenshotting his reaction to the Dalot picture and sharing it.
Now many West Ham fans are convinced Moyes could be set to make his second signing of the window after the permanent capture of Tomas Soucek.
Hammers set for second signing of the window after Soucek?
Another Hammers Twitter account, whufc_news remarked that ExWHUemployee’s comment was ‘interesting’.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) July 27, 2020
Given that Manchester United paid £19m for the former Porto star (BBC Sport), it is unlikely cash-strapped West Ham will be able to afford a permanent transfer.
The Portuguese right-back, who can also operate at left-back, has struggled to impress Old Trafford.
As a result the 21-year-old has made just 34 appearances in the last two years.
A loan would be a low risk signing for West Ham and would give Dalot some much-needed experience.
His versatility could come in useful given West Ham’s issues in both full-back areas.
Loan makes sense IF it includes option to buy
However loan deals are not a sign of a club building a solid base for the future as Moyes is keen to do.
But if West Ham can include a reasonable option to buy clause that would be a different scenario.
Whether signing Dalot would end West Ham’s interest in River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel remains to be seen.
Ben Johnson has established himself as West Ham’s number one right-back.
He once again showed he can also operate at left-back.
So any deal for Dalot would put flop Ryan Fredericks’s future in serious doubt.