West Ham are preparing an official January transfer window bid for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo according to a report from Lance.

Hammers boss David Moyes is clearly on the look-out for reinforcements this month.

Everyone involved with West Ham knows that the additions of a top-class striker, an established centre-back with youth on his side and an elite left-back should be Moyes’s absolute main priorities.

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It’s unlikely that Moyes will make three signings this month but we’ll take one or two. The Hammers desperately need a striker and with Aaron Cresswell now back and Kurt Zouma closing in on a return, perhaps the Scot will be prioritising the addition of a centre-forward.

It seems as though the Hammers boos has his eye on strengthening other areas as well, however…

West Ham are allegedly eyeing a January swoop for Palmeiras ace Danilo
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West Ham eyeing January swoop for Danilo

Lance reckon that the Hammers are preparing a bid for the tenacious 20-year-old midfielder. It is suggested that we are prepared to make offer of around €25 million (£22 million) for the Palmerias star.

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.

Corinthians v Palmeiras- Brasileirao 2021
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The 20-year-old Brazilian is a superb young midfielder. The big problem is his value. There is obviously no way that West Ham will be meeting his £85 million release clause.

And considering that Arsenal have had a £20 million bid rejected for Danilo, it is unlikely that the Hammers will fork out in excess of that amount to strengthen in a position where we are fairly well covered at the moment.

David Moyes absolutely should be looking to sign a striker first and foremost. And if there is money left over, he should be eyeing up a central defender and a left-back.

Palmeiras ace Danilo would be a strong addition for West Ham. But we don’t need him right now. Perhaps a move to sign the 20-year-old South American in the summer would make more sense for the Hammers.

Whether we will be able to get him for a decent fee, however, remains to be seen.

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