West Ham United have reportedly made a January transfer window enquiry for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo.
Hammers boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be a busy man between now and the end of the month.
The Scot should have two main priorities in January – to sign a top-class striker and an established centre-back.
Without those two additions, we will probably find it hard to push for the top four this season. We may well struggle in the latter stages of the Europa League as well.
It seems as though the West Ham boss has his eye on strengthening another area of his squad aside from attack and defence, however.
West Ham make January transfer widow enquiry for Danilo
The Palmeiras midfielder is firmly on the Hammers’ radar this month according to a report from R7 in Brazil.
It is alleged that the Brazilian side have just rejected a R$160 million (£20 million) bid from Arsenal for the 20-year-old. He apparently has a release clause worth R$660 million (£85 million) inserted into his current contract (R7).
Danilo is a defensive midfielder by trade but he can also operate as a box-to-box player or even as an attacking mifdfielder.
The Brazilian is a tenacious tackler, has plenty of energy and has impressive physical attributes.
His playing style is quintessentially South American in the sense that he is dogged and always takes to the field with a never-say-die attitude.
Danilo also bagged four goals and three assists in 47 games this season (Transfermarkt) – not bad numbers for a supposed defensive midfielder.
On face value, it seems as though the Palmeiras ace would be a very smart addition for the Hammers.
Obviously West Ham won’t be paying £85 million for Danilo though. In fact, we think that there is little chance of this happening for any price.
If Arsenal have had a £20 million bid rejected for his services, Palmeiras are obviously demanding a lot more than that amount and we can’t see West Ham splashing out that kind of money on a midfielder when we so desperately need a centre-forward and a centre-back first and foremost.
This one we can chalk up as either agent talk or just plain rubbish. It happens regularly in the transfer window. And there’s a good chance that West Ham aren’t actually looking at signing Danilo at all.