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Leeds ace Raphinha is a shock transfer target for West Ham as January window deadline approaches

West Ham are allegedly keen to sign Leeds United ace Raphinha before the January transfer window slams shut.

That’s according to a report from Sky Sports who claims that the Hammers are keeping an eye on the Leeds star’s current situation at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa brought the 25-year-old Brazilian to Leeds in the summer of 2020 for around £17 million (The Athletic).

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Raphinha has gone on to be a huge hit at Elland Road, bagging 14 goals and 11 assists in 51 games in all competitions for the Whites (Transfermarkt).

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The Brazil international is out of contract with Leeds in the summer of 2024. He is allegedly in talks with the West Yorkshire outfit at the moment to try and extend his current deal.

Talks are said to be progressing well (Sky Sports) but that hasn’t stopped a handful of clubs paying attention to what’s going on with Raphinha.

It seems as though the Hammers are closely monitoring the situation…

Leeds star Raphinha attracting interest from West Ham

Sky Sports reckon that the Hammers are one of a number of clubs keen on signing the 25-year-old before the January transfer window closes.

It would be no surprise if West Ham are keen admirers of the Leeds winger. He has been sensational against us in both Premier League games this season.

We have to say though, this one reeks of the Brazilian’s agents trying to get a better deal for their client at Elland Road.

Leeds want in excess of £50 million for Raphinha, if they are indeed forced to sell him, according to a report from The Mirror.

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So clearly we won’t be splashing out £50 million on one player. That doesn’t mean Raphinha isn’t worth that. He is a tremendously gifted player.

We just don’t believe that West Ham will spend the entirety of our transfer budget on one player.

The South American will probably end up signing a new deal with Leeds and then he will most likely make a move to one of Europe’s super clubs over the course of the next two years.

Meanwhile, David Moyes has a lot of work to do at the London Stadium before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

The Scot desperately needs to sign a proven goalscorer and an established centre-back before the January window slams shut.

Strengthening in those two positions should be Moyes’s main priorities. West Ham signing Raphinha from Leeds would be unbelievable. We’re not living in a fantasy world though. This one just will not happen.

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