West Ham, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are all set for some disappointment in their Nicolas Gaitan chase, according to reports in Portugal.
Boca Juniors vice-president Christian Gribaudo has told Record that the Argentine giants will be signing Gaitan. Gribaudo seems confident that Boca Juniors have won this race.
Gaitan started his career with Boca and it looks like he is heading back. The Argentina winger is a free agent, having left MLS side Chicago Fire. Aston Villa, West Ham and Sheffield United have all been linked (via The Guardian) but he seems to be heading back to his first club.
Gribaudo told Record: “I can confirm that we have a deal with Nico Gaitán, a club-trained player and our DNA. I am very happy to be able to say that he will be our player from January.”
Nicolas Gaitan: Not what we need
Gaitan has enjoyed a successful career, impressing at Boca, Benfica and Atletico Madrid before stints in China and the US. But he is not what West Ham need in January.
The 31-year-old (soon to be 32) is an ageing winger who would not add the pace and creative spark that West Ham are lacking. In this sense, he would be too similar to struggling duo Robert Snodgrass and Andriy Yarmolenko.
West Ham need to get out of the habit of signing players who are past their peak. This deal appealed to the board because he became available on a free transfer. But there are better options out there.