According to a report from Globo Esporte, Fluminense are now desperate to sell alleged West Ham United and Leeds United target Marcos Paulo after giving up hope of the wonder-kid signing a new contract.

In other news…Report claims West Ham are now in negotiations to sign striker for £18m

Back in September, TEAMtalk claimed that the Hammers were in pole position ahead of the Whites to sign the 19-year-old attacker.

David Moyes absolutely must bolster his squad at the London Stadium before the transfer window slams shut.

West Ham are now down to the bare bones.

Signing an established attacker will be of paramount importance to the Hammers’ hopes of finishing inside the top seven this season.

2020 Brasileirao Series A:  Fluminense v Vasco Play Behind Closed Doors Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Pandemic
Marcos Paulo (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

And Marcos Paulo could be a good option for West Ham, albeit an unproven one.

Fluminese are now desperate to sell the South American starlet, 19, after giving up hope of tying him down to a new contract (Globo Esporte).

With the 19-year-old’s contract set to expire in the summer, the player once valued at £40 million (TEAMtalk) could now be sold for just £9 million (Globo Esporte).

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Marcos Paulo (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

West Ham have green light to swoop in for Marcos Paulo

The Portugal under-19 international has racked up 11 goals and 10 assists in 64 games for Fluminese so far (Transfermarkt) – a very respectably tally for someone so young.

 

He can play anywhere along the front-line. And that will undoubtedly appeal to West Ham.

Paulo is clearly a very talented young player. He has been compared Everton forward Richarlison by Forbes.

It could be argued that we should be prioritising a move to sign a proven forward this month, however.

Marcos Paulo would undoubtedly be an exciting addition. There is no guarantee that he would hit the ground running at the London Stadium, however.

It is vital that David Moyes gets his next signing spot on. It could end up defining his tenure as West Ham manager.

As mentioned earlier, the Fluminese youngster is clearly an exceptionally talented young player. Perhaps he’s not what the Hammers need right now, however.

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