Brazilian centre-back Luizao is now ‘practically certain’ to join West Ham United in the January transfer window on a free.

That’s according to a report from Goal Brasil who claim that the 20-year-old defender is set to join the Hammers from Sao Paulo on January 31st – when his current deal with the Brazilian giants expires.

Reports have been stating for quite some time now that Luizao is London Stadium bound.

And it’s no surprise – David Moyes desperately needs to add more talented youth options to his central defensive ranks.

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Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson are both getting on now, and the latter has been heavily linked with an exit from West Ham.

It seems as though Moyes is inching ever closer to strengthening his centre-back ranks…

Luizao certain to join West Ham

Goal Brasil reckon that a deal to bring the Brazilian defender to the London Stadium is all but done.

I think that Luizao will be an exciting addition for the Hammers, albeit not one for the here and now.

Luizao might be totally unproven in the Premier League and very rough around the edges, but signing him on a free transfer would negate the risks involved in the deal.

The 20-year-old is an aggressive young defender whose playing style is quintessentially South American, what with his tenacity and aggression.

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He’s a very good tackler and is commanding in the air. It does seem as though Luizao has all of the attributes needed to succeed in England with West Ham.

He is obviously one very much for the future rather than the here and now though. The Brazilian is still very rough around the edges and he needs to really work on his passing and composure when in possession.

With Luizao allegedly set to join West Ham, it’s very clear that Moyes believes he needs more quality in the centre-back department with youth on their side.

And the Brazilian certainly fits into that category.

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