According to a report from the Sun, West Ham could sign previous target Marcelo from Lyon next summer for absolutely nothing.
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Hammers boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium.
The loan signing of Craig Dawson hasn’t worked out with the Watford owned defender still yet to play a single game for West Ham.
The Sun claims that Lyon centre-back Marcelo is on the Hammers’ radar. And the player himself was allegedly desperate to join West Ham last summer.
The fact that the Brazilian could be signed on a free next summer will appeal to the Hammers.
Marcelo is 33, however. He will be 34 in May, and bringing a South American to the Premier League at that age could be a big mistake from David Moyes.
We already have plenty of experience in the centre-back department with Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena.
Moyes should be targeting the signing of a top class young, up and coming centre-back next.
Marcelo is a decent centre-back. In 13 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon this season, the 33-year-old has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 3.6 clearances and 3.4 successful aerial duals per game (Who Scored).
But sometimes you have to look past the opportunity to secure a bargain deal. Will the player have a lot to offer for more than one or two seasons? Will he be ready to make an immediate impact?
It could be argued that the answer to both of those questions is no regarding Marcelo.
This could be one to avoid for West Ham.